Definitions of sweep

  1. To pass with swiftness and violence, as something broad or brushing the surface of anything; to pass over with celerity and force; to pass with pomp; to move with a long reach.
  2. To brush or clean with a broom, etc.; remove or clean away with a broom, etc.; as, to sweep up the dirt; flow over or carry along or off with force; as, waves swept the deck; the wind swept the house away; to move with a brushing motion; as, she swept her skirts aside.
  3. To wipe or rub over with a brush or broom: to carry along or off by a long brushing stroke or force: to destroy or carry off at a stroke: to strike with a long stroke: to carry with pomp: to drag over: to pass rapidly over.
  4. To rub over or brush, as with a broom or brush; to carry off at a stroke; clear away; fire shot over or along; pass rapidly over.
  5. To collect or clear away with a broom.
  6. To move with a broad, swift action, as of a brush or broom.
  7. To clean or clear away dirt with a brush, broom, etc.; to pass with speed or force; move with stateliness or dignity.
  8. To pass swiftly and forcibly: to pass with pomp: to move with a long reach:- pa. t. and pa. p. swept.
  9. cover the entire range of
  10. win an overwhelming victory in or on; " Her new show dog swept all championships"
  11. clean by sweeping; " Please sweep the floor"
  12. To brush a floor, etc., with a broom.
  13. To move with a strong, even action.
  14. To brush or rub over with a brush, broom or besom; to clean by brushing; to carry with a long swinging or dragging motion; to carry off with celerity and violence; to strike with a long stroke; to draw or drag over.
  15. Sweeping.
  16. someone who cleans soot from chimneys
  17. a movement in an arc; " a sweep of his arm"
  18. ( American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
  19. to cover or extend over an area or time period; " Rivers traverse the valley floor", " The parking lot spans 3 acres"; " The novel spans three centuries"
  20. To pass a broom across ( a surface) so as to remove loose dirt, dust, etc.; to brush, or rub over, with a broom for the purpose of cleaning; as, to sweep a floor, the street, or a chimney. Used also figuratively.
  21. To drive or carry along or off with a broom or a brush, or as if with a broom; to remove by, or as if by, brushing; as, to sweep dirt from a floor; the wind sweeps the snow from the hills; a freshet sweeps away a dam, timber, or rubbish; a pestilence sweeps off multitudes.
  22. To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.
  23. To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion.
  24. To strike with a long stroke.
  25. To draw or drag something over; as, to sweep the bottom of a river with a net.
  26. To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation; as, to sweep the heavens with a telescope.
  27. To clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like.
  28. To brush swiftly over the surface of anything; to pass with switness and force, as if brushing the surface of anything; to move in a stately manner; as, the wind sweeps across the plain; a woman sweeps through a drawing- room.
  29. To pass over anything comprehensively; to range through with rapidity; as, his eye sweeps through space.
  30. The act of sweeping.
  31. The compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep.
  32. The compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye.
  33. The compass of anything flowing or brushing; as, the flood carried away everything within its sweep.
  34. Violent and general destruction; as, the sweep of an epidemic disease.
  35. Direction and extent of any motion not rectlinear; as, the sweep of a compass.
  36. Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, or the like, away from a rectlinear line.
  37. One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper.
  38. A movable templet for making molds, in loam molding.
  39. The mold of a ship when she begins to curve in at the rungheads; any part of a ship shaped in a segment of a circle.
  40. A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them.
  41. The almond furnace.
  42. A long pole, or piece of timber, moved on a horizontal fulcrum fixed to a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well for drawing water.
  43. In the game of casino, a pairing or combining of all the cards on the board, and so removing them all; in whist, the winning of all the tricks ( thirteen) in a hand; a slam.
  44. The sweeping of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc.
  45. The act of sweeping; a clearing out or away; as, to make a clean sweep; range; extent; as, the sweep of a storm; a bend or curve; as, the sweep of a drive; rapid survey with the eye; one who cleans chimneys; a long oar.
  46. Sweeper.
  47. Act of sweeping: extent of a stroke, or of anything turning or in motion: direction of a curve: a chimney- sweeper. - n SWEEPER.
  48. Act of sweeping; range of anything in motion; a large oar; one who sweeps.
  49. The act or result of sweeping; a broad, strong, sustained movement, as of a river.
  50. Range, compass, extent of stroke, or of vision, etc.; a curve or bend, or something bent.
  51. A sweeper.
  52. The act of sweeping; the compass of a stroke; the compass of anything turning, flowing or brushing; violent and general destruction; direction of any motion not rectilinear; a pole or piece of timber moved on a fulcrum; a large oar, used in small vessels to impel them in a calm, & c.; a chimney- sweeper.
  53. Swept.
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