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Meaning of sweep by Wiktionary Dictionary

sweep


    Etymology

    From Old English swāpan; see also swoop .

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: swēp, IPA: /swiːp/, X-SAMPA: /swi:p/
    • Rhymes: -iːp

    Verb

    sweep ( third-person singular simple present sweeps present participle sweeping, simple past and past participle swept )

    1. ( transitive ) To clean ( a surface ) by means of a stroking motion of a broom or brush .
    2. ( intransitive ) To move through an ( horizontal ) arc or similar long stroke.
    3. ( transitive ) To search ( a place ) methodically .
    4. ( intransitive, figuratively ) To travel quickly.
    5. ( cricket ) To play a sweep shot .
    6. ( curling ) To brush the ice in front of a moving stone, causing it to travel farther and to curl less .
    7. ( transitive, ergative ) To move something in a particular motion, as a broom
    8. ( sports, transitive ) To win ( a series ) without drawing or losing any of the games in that series .
    9. ( sports, transitive ) To defeat ( a team ) in a series without drawing or losing any of the games in that series .

    Noun

    sweep ( plural: sweeps )

    1. The person who steers a dragon boat .
    2. A person who stands at the stern of a surf boat, steering with a steering oar and commanding the crew .
    3. A chimney sweep .
    4. A search ( typically for bugs [electronic listening devices] ) .
    5. ( cricket ) A batsman's shot, played from a kneeling position with a swinging horizontal bat .
      Bradman attempted a sweep, but in fact top edged the ball to the wicket keeper
    6. A lottery, usually on the results of a sporting event, where players win if their randomly chosen team wins .
      Jim will win fifty dollars in the office sweep if Japan wins the World Cup .
    7. A flow of water parallel to shore caused by wave action at an ocean beach or at a point or headland .
    8. A single action of sweeping .

    See also

    • sweep in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

    Anagrams



Explanation of sweep by Wordnet Dictionary

sweep


    Verb
    1. win an overwhelming victory in or on

    2. sweep with a broom or as if with a broom

    3. Sweep the crumbs off the table
      Sweep under the bed
    4. clean by sweeping

    5. Please sweep the floor
    6. make a big sweeping gesture or movement

    7. move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions

    8. sweep across or over

    9. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action

    10. to cover or extend over an area or time period

    11. cover the entire range of

    Noun
    1. a movement in an arc

    2. a sweep of his arm
    3. an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line

    4. a long oar used in an open boat

    5. a wide scope

    6. the sweep of the plains
    7. winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge

    8. someone who cleans soot from chimneys



    Definition of sweep by GCIDE Dictionary

    sweep


    1. Sweep v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swept ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sweeping.] [OE. swepen; akin to AS. swāpan. 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. 23.

      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 telescope”.

      To sweep a mold or To 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. Scott.

      8. One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper.

      9. ( Founding ) A movable templet for making molds, in loam molding.

      10. ( Naut. ) 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. 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.

    4. 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. Scott.

      8. One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper.

      9. ( Founding ) A movable templet for making molds, in loam molding.

      10. ( Naut. ) 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. 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.