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Meaning of SWOOP

Pronunciation:  swoop

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a swift descent through the air
  2. [n]  a very rapid raid
  3. [n]  (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale; "the violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides"
  4. [v]  seize or catch with a swooping motion
  5. [v]  move down on as if in an attack; "The raptor swooped down on its prey"; "The teacher swooped down upon the new students"
  6. [v]  move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc

SWOOP is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: pounce, slide, swoop up
 See Also: come down, descend, descent, fall, foray, glissando, go down, maraud, move, raid, snap, snatch, snatch up, stoop



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Swoop\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swooped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Swooping}.] [OE. swopen, usually, to sweep, As. sw[=a]pan to
    sweep, to rush; akin to G. schweifen to rove, to ramble, to
    curve, OHG. sweifan to whirl, Icel. sveipa to sweep; also to
    AS. sw[=i]fan to move quickly. Cf. {Sweep}, {Swift}, a. & n.,
    {Swipe}, {Swivel}.]
    1. To fall on at once and seize; to catch while on the wing;
       as, a hawk swoops a chicken.
    2. To seize; to catch up; to take with a sweep.
             And now at last you came to swoop it all. --Dryden.
             The grazing ox which swoops it [the medicinal herb]
             in with the common grass.             --Glanvill.
  2. \Swoop\, v. i.
    1. To descend with closed wings from a height upon prey, as a
       hawk; to swoop.
    2. To pass with pomp; to sweep. [Obs.] --Drayton.
  3. \Swoop\, n.
    A falling on and seizing, as the prey of a rapacious bird;
    the act of swooping.
          The eagle fell, . . . and carried away a whole litter
          of cubs at a swoop.                      --L'Estrange.