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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.   sweep across or over Her long skirt brushed the floor A gasp swept cross the audience
  3.   someone who cleans soot from chimneys
  4.   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
  5.   football an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
  6.   a wide scope the sweep of the plains
  7.   move with sweeping effortless gliding motions The diva swept into the room Shreds of paper sailed through the air The searchlights swept across the sky
  8.   winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
  9.   cover the entire range of
  10.   a movement in an arc a sweep of his arm
  11.   a long oar used in an open boat
  12.   win an overwhelming victory in or on Her new show dog swept all championships
  13.   clean by sweeping Please sweep the floor
  14.   make a big sweeping gesture or movement
  15.   American football an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
  16.   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
  17.   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
  18.   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
  19.   To brush against or over to rub lightly along
  20.   To carry with a long swinging or dragging motion hence to carry in a stately or proud fashion
  21.   To strike with a long stroke
  22.   To draw or drag something over as to sweep the bottom of a river with a net
  23.   To pass over or traverse with the eye or with an instrument of observation as to sweep the heavens with a telescope
  24.   To clean rooms yards etc or to clear away dust dirt litter etc with a broom brush or the like
  25.   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
  26.   To pass over anything comprehensively to range through with rapidity as his eye sweeps through space
  27.   The act of sweeping
  28.   The compass or range of a stroke as a long sweep
  29.   The compass of any turning body or of any motion as the sweep of a door the sweep of the eye
  30.   The compass of anything flowing or brushing as the flood carried away everything within its sweep
  31.   Violent and general destruction as the sweep of an epidemic disease
  32.   Direction and extent of any motion not rectlinear as the sweep of a compass
  33.   Direction or departure of a curve a road an arch or the like away from a rectlinear line
  34.   One who sweeps a sweeper specifically a chimney sweeper
  35.   A movable templet for making molds in loam molding
  36.   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
  37.   A large oar used in small vessels partly to propel them and partly to steer them
  38.   The almond furnace
  39.   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
  40.   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
  41.   The sweeping of workshops where precious metals are worked containing filings etc
  42.   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
  43.   To clean or clear away dirt with a brush broom etc to pass with speed or force move with stateliness or dignity
  44.   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
  45.   Sweeper
  46.   Swept
  47.   Sweeping
  48.   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
  49.   To pass swiftly and forcibly to pass with pomp to move with a long reach pa t and pa p swept
  50.   Act of sweeping extent of a stroke or of anything turning or in motion direction of a curve a chimney sweeper n SWEEPER
  51.   Act of sweeping range of anything in motion a large oar one who sweeps
  52.   To pass swiftly pass with pomp
  53.   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
  54.   To collect or clear away with a broom
  55.   To move with a broad swift action as of a brush or broom
  56.   To brush a floor etc with a broom
  57.   To move with a strong even action
  58.   The act or result of sweeping a broad strong sustained movement as of a river
  59.   Range compass extent of stroke or of vision etc a curve or bend or something bent
  60.   A sweeper
  61.   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
  62.   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
  63.   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

Quotes of sweep

  1. The repose of sleep refreshes only the body It rarely sets the soul at rest The repose of the night does not belong to us It is not the possession of our being Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms In the morning we must sweep out the shadows – Gaston Bachelard
  2. I certainly have been guilty of trying to sweep things under the carpet – Kenneth Branagh
  3. Roll on deep and dark blue ocean roll Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain Man marks the earth with ruin but his control stops with the shore – George Byron
  4. Problems emerge and some people try to sweep them under the rug – Bill Condon
  5. Can ye fathom the ocean dark and deep where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep – Fanny Crosby
  6. You can't sweep other people off their feet if you can't be swept off your own – Clarence Day
  7. Throughout history it took centuries for the habits of one culture to materially affect another Now that which becomes popular in one country can sweep through others within months – Dee Hock
  8. The essence of the stage is concentration and penetration Of the screen action movement sweep – Elia Kazan
  9. Generalizations like brooms ought not to stand in a corner forever they ought to sweep as a matter of course – John Lukacs
  10. Marching thus at night a battalion is doubly impressive The silent monster is full of restrained power resolute in its onward sweep impervious to danger it looks a menacing engine of destruction steady to its goal and certain of its mission – Patrick MacGill
  11. What do we want our kids to do Sweep up around Japanese computers – Walter F. Mondale
  12. Man if I made one million dollars I would come in at six in the morning sweep the stands wash the uniforms clean out the office manage the team and play the games – Duke Snider
  13. But if I can be convinced and then through the work that we do together the orchestra can really be convinced of the big sweep of that communication that the piece suggests then the audience will get it and it will be a good experience for all of us – Michael Tilson Thomas
  14. I suspect there have been a number of conspiracies that never were described or leaked out But I suspect none of the magnitude and sweep of Watergate – Bob Woodward
  15. There was no wind in all that sweep of sky – Frank Yerby

Usage examples for sweep

  1. We're goin' to sweep under everything an' behind every las' thing under 'n' behind – Miss Theodosia's Heartstrings by Annie Hamilton Donnell
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Even Ike with no sweep to swing was foot loose or rather hand free – Down the Columbia by Lewis R. Freeman
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. The French will just sweep them before them – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  10. The Senator is coming to morrow and you had better sweep carefully – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford
  11. “ Alvan had resolved to sweep him off the earth – The Tragic Comedians, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Felix Tournour takes brush from under desk left and begins to sweep in the direction of corridor door – Three Plays by Padraic Colum
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. She tried to sweep up her magnificent hair and secure it upon her head – The Flying Legion by George Allan England
  18. Why did you not come to day to sweep the yard – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  19. We will take a torch down and hold it and sweep by turns – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  20. 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

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