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Definitions of sweep

  1. sweep with a broom or as if with a broom; " Sweep the crumbs off the table"; " Sweep under the bed"
  2. someone who cleans soot from chimneys
  3. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action; " They were swept up by the events"; " don't drag me into this business"
  4. ( football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
  5. winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
  6. cover the entire range of
  7. a movement in an arc; " a sweep of his arm"
  8. win an overwhelming victory in or on; " Her new show dog swept all championships"
  9. clean by sweeping; " Please sweep the floor"
  10. ( American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
  11. 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"
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.
  15. To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion.
  16. To strike with a long stroke.
  17. To draw or drag something over; as, to sweep the bottom of a river with a net.
  18. To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation; as, to sweep the heavens with a telescope.
  19. To clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like.
  20. 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.
  21. To pass over anything comprehensively; to range through with rapidity; as, his eye sweeps through space.
  22. The act of sweeping.
  23. The compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep.
  24. The compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye.
  25. The compass of anything flowing or brushing; as, the flood carried away everything within its sweep.
  26. Violent and general destruction; as, the sweep of an epidemic disease.
  27. Direction and extent of any motion not rectlinear; as, the sweep of a compass.
  28. Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, or the like, away from a rectlinear line.
  29. One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper.
  30. A movable templet for making molds, in loam molding.
  31. 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.
  32. A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them.
  33. The almond furnace.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. The sweeping of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc.
  37. 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.
  38. To clean or clear away dirt with a brush, broom, etc.; to pass with speed or force; move with stateliness or dignity.
  39. 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.
  40. Sweeper.
  41. Swept.
  42. Sweeping.
  43. 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.
  44. To pass swiftly and forcibly: to pass with pomp: to move with a long reach:- pa. t. and pa. p. swept.
  45. Act of sweeping: extent of a stroke, or of anything turning or in motion: direction of a curve: a chimney- sweeper. - n SWEEPER.
  46. Act of sweeping; range of anything in motion; a large oar; one who sweeps.
  47. 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.
  48. To collect or clear away with a broom.
  49. To move with a broad, swift action, as of a brush or broom.
  50. To brush a floor, etc., with a broom.
  51. To move with a strong, even action.
  52. The act or result of sweeping; a broad, strong, sustained movement, as of a river.
  53. Range, compass, extent of stroke, or of vision, etc.; a curve or bend, or something bent.
  54. A sweeper.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
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Usage examples for sweep

  1. Best of all to Beth's way of thinking, there was a little sweep to it. – That Little Girl of Miss Eliza’s by Jean K. Baird
  2. At the thought of her he felt a second flush of shame sweep up in him, quite different from the first and quite horrible. – Foe-Farrell by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  3. They sweep round the room, or the persons or the place, and gather all- may I say it? – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad
  4. Why did you not come to- day to sweep the yard? – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  5. And now that he is gone, I sweep the Veil away and cry, Lo! – The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
  6. She tried to sweep up her magnificent hair and secure it upon her head. – The Flying Legion by George Allan England
  7. The fourth view takes the longest sweep of any, thus far, goes into much more detail, and gives much fresh information. – Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation by S. D. Gordon
  8. If only he could find an influence to which he could give himself, an influence which would sweep him away! – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  9. The Senator is coming to- morrow, and you had better sweep carefully. – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford
  10. Kate Cumberland shifted her weight a little to one side of the saddle to rest and looked down from the crest on the sweep of country below. – The Untamed by Max Brand
  11. Nothing there had been touched, for the old mother claimed that to set a room in order too soon after a guest's departure was to sweep out all luck with him. – Little Sister Snow by Frances Little
  12. We will take a torch down, and hold it and sweep by turns. – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  13. Even Ike, with no sweep to swing, was foot- loose, or rather hand- free. – Down the Columbia by Lewis R. Freeman
  14. We're goin' to sweep under everything an' behind- every las' thing, under 'n' behind. – Miss Theodosia's Heartstrings by Annie Hamilton Donnell
  15. Felix Tournour takes brush from under desk, left, and begins to sweep in the direction of corridor door. – Three Plays by Padraic Colum
  16. " Sweep them from the earth," he snarled, when asked " What will we do with the Indians?" – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  17. Alvan had resolved to sweep him off the earth. – The Tragic Comedians, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  18. From the window the sweep of the sea was, in daylight, perfectly visible: now in the dim grey of the sky it was hidden- but Harry knew where it must be and watched for its appearance. – The Wooden Horse by Hugh Walpole
  19. The French will just sweep them before them." – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  20. She ran back home for a long stick with a hook at the end of it to recover the bucket, and as she put it into the water she sang: Swing and sweep till all does cling And to the surface safely bring. – Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa
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