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Meaning of SWEEP

Pronunciation:  sweep

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a movement in an arc; "a sweep of his arm"
  2. [n]  (football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
  3. [n]  a long oar used in an open boat
  4. [n]  a wide scope; "the sweep of the plains"
  5. [n]  winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
  6. [n]  someone who cleans soot from chimneys
  7. [v]  win an overwhelming victory in or on; "Her new show dog swept all championships"
  8. [v]  sweep with a broom or as if with a broom; "Sweep the crumbs off the table"; "Sweep under the bed"
  9. [v]  clean by sweeping; "Please sweep the floor"
  10. [v]  make a big sweeping gesture or movement
  11. [v]  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"
  12. [v]  sweep across or over; "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience"
  13. [v]  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"
  14. [v]  to cover a wide area; "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"
  15. [v]  cover the entire range of

SWEEP is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: broom, chimneysweep, chimneysweeper, cross, drag, drag in, embroil, end run, expanse, sail, slam, span, sweep oar, sweep up, swing, swing out, tangle, traverse
 See Also: ace, ambit, breeze through, bridge, clean, cleaner, compass, cover, extend, grand slam, handle, involve, little slam, make clean, motility, motion, move, move, movement, nail, oar, orbit, pass over, pass with flying colors, rake, range, reach, run, running, running game, running play, sail through, scope, small slam, swan, sweep through, triumph, victory, wield, win, wipe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sweep\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swept}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Sweeping}.] [OE. swepen; akin to AS. sw[=a]pan. See {Swoop},
    v. i.]
    1. 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.
             I will sweep it with the besom of destruction.
                                                   --Isa. xiv.
    2. 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.
             The hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies. --Isa.
                                                   xxviii. 17.
             I have already swept the stakes.      --Dryden.
    3. To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.
             Their long descending train, With rubies edged and
             sapphires, swept the plain.           --Dryden.
    4. To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence,
       to carry in a stately or proud fashion.
             And like a peacock sweep along his tail. --Shak.
    5. To strike with a long stroke.
             Wake into voice each silent string, And sweep the
             sounding lyre.                        --Pope.
    6. (Naut.) To draw or drag something over; as, to sweep the
       bottom of a river with a net.
    7. To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an
       instrument of observation; as, to sweep the heavens with a
    {To sweep, or sweep up}, {a mold} (Founding), to form the
       sand into a mold by a templet, instead of compressing it
       around the pattern.
  2. \Sweep\, v. i.
    1. To clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt,
       litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like.
    2. 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.
    3. To pass over anything comprehensively; to range through
       with rapidity; as, his eye sweeps through space.
  3. \Sweep\, n.
    1. The act of sweeping.
    2. The compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep.
    3. The compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the
       sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye.
    4. The compass of anything flowing or brushing; as, the flood
       carried away everything within its sweep.
    5. Violent and general destruction; as, the sweep of an
       epidemic disease.
    6. Direction and extent of any motion not rectlinear; as, the
       sweep of a compass.
    7. Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, or the
       like, away from a rectlinear line.
             The road which makes a small sweep.   --Sir W.
    8. One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney
    9. (Founding) A movable templet for making molds, in loam
    10. (Naut.)
        (a) 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.
        (b) A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel
            them and partly to steer them.
    11. (Refining) The almond furnace. [Obs.]
    12. 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. [Variously written
        {swape}, {sweep}, {swepe}, and {swipe}.]
    13. (Card Playing) 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.
    14. pl. The sweeping of workshops where precious metals are
        worked, containing filings, etc.
    {Sweep net}, a net for drawing over a large compass.
    {Sweep of the tiller} (Naut.), a circular frame on which the
       tiller traverses.