from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To clean or clear, as of dirt, with or as if with a broom or brush: sweep a chimney.
- transitive v. To clear away with or as if with a broom or brush: swept snow from the steps.
- transitive v. To clear (a path or space) with or as if with a broom.
- transitive v. To search thoroughly: The counselors swept the dormitory during the fire drill.
- transitive v. Electronics To search for and remove (eavesdropping devices) from a place: swept the room for bugs.
- transitive v. To touch or brush lightly, as with a trailing garment: willow branches sweeping the ground.
- transitive v. To pass over or through a surface or medium with a continuous movement: He swept the sponge over the tile. The conductor swept her baton through the air.
- transitive v. To clear, drive, or convey with relentless force: The flood waters swept away everything in their path.
- transitive v. To wipe out at a single stroke. Often used with away: The incident in effect swept away all her dreams.
- transitive v. To remove or carry off with a swift brushing motion: swept the cards off the table; swept the child into his arms.
- transitive v. To move across or through swiftly or with great intensity: News of the lunar landing swept the country.
- transitive v. To pass quickly across, as when searching: His gaze swept the horizon.
- transitive v. To drag the bottom of (a body of water).
- transitive v. To win all games in (a series) or stages of (a contest): swept the World Series.
- transitive v. To win overwhelmingly in: The opposition party swept the election.
- intransitive v. To clean or clear a surface with or as if with a broom or brush.
- intransitive v. Electronics To search for and remove eavesdropping devices.
- intransitive v. To move swiftly with strong, steady force: The wind swept over the plain.
- intransitive v. To move swiftly in a lofty manner, as if in a trailing robe: She swept by in silence.
- intransitive v. To trail, as a long garment.
- intransitive v. To extend gracefully, especially in a long curve: The hills sweep down to the sea.
- intransitive v. To extend in a wide range: Searchlights swept across the sky.
- n. A clearing out or removal with or as if with a broom or brush.
- n. Electronics The act or an instance of searching for and removing eavesdropping devices, as in a room.
- n. A wide curving motion: a sweep of the arm.
- n. The range or scope encompassed by sweeping: the sweep of a lantern beam. See Synonyms at range.
- n. A broad reach or extent: a sweep of green lawn.
- n. A curve or contour: the sweep of her hair.
- n. Football An end run in which one or more linemen leave the line of scrimmage and block in advance of the ball carrier.
- n. One who sweeps, especially a chimney sweep.
- n. Sweepings. Often used in the plural.
- n. The winning of all stages of a game or contest.
- n. An overwhelming victory or success.
- n. Nautical A long oar used to propel a boat.
- n. A long pole attached to a pivot and used to raise or lower a bucket in a well.
- n. Informal Sweepstakes.
- n. The period each fall, winter, and spring when television ratings are accrued and studied and advertising rates are reset.
- n. The national survey of local stations that is conducted to determine these ratings.
- n. Electronics The steady motion of an electron beam across a cathode-ray tube.
- idiom sweep (one) off (one's) feet To cause an immediate and strongly positive response in (a person); impress deeply.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To clean (a surface) by means of a stroking motion of a broom or brush.
- v. To move through an (horizontal) arc or similar long stroke.
- v. To search (a place) methodically.
- v. To travel quickly.
- v. To play a sweep shot.
- v. To brush the ice in front of a moving stone, causing it to travel farther and to curl less.
- v. To move something in a particular motion, as a broom
- v. To win (a series) without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.
- v. To defeat (a team) in a series without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.
- n. The person who steers a dragon boat.
- n. A person who stands at the stern of a surf boat, steering with a steering oar and commanding the crew.
- n. A chimney sweep.
- n. A batsman's shot, played from a kneeling position with a swinging horizontal bat.
- n. A lottery, usually on the results of a sporting event, where players win if their randomly chosen team wins.
- n. A flow of water parallel to shore caused by wave action at an ocean beach or at a point or headland.
- n. A single action of sweeping.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of sweeping.
- n. The compass or range of a stroke.
- n. The compass of any turning body or of any motion.
- n. The compass of anything flowing or brushing.
- n. Violent and general destruction.
- n. Direction and extent of any motion not rectlinear.
- n. Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, or the like, away from a rectlinear line.
- n. One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper.
- n. A movable templet for making molds, in loam molding.
- n. 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.
- n. A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them.
- n. The almond furnace.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. The sweeping of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc.
- intransitive v. To clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like.
- intransitive v. 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
- intransitive v. To pass over anything comprehensively; to range through with rapidity.
- transitive v. 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. Used also figuratively.
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.
- transitive v. To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion.
- transitive v. To strike with a long stroke.
- transitive v. To draw or drag something over.
- transitive v. To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move or pass along with a swift waving or surging movement: as, the wind sweeps along the plain; pass with overwhelming force or violence, especially over a surface: as, a sweeping flood.
- To pass with pomp, as if with trailing garments: sometimes with an indefinite it.
- To move with a long reach; move with a prolonged sliding or trailing motion: as, a sweeping stroke.
- To pass systematically over a surface in search of something; especially, to move the line of vision in such a way as to search every part of a given angular area: a modification of the transitive use II., 5.
- To pass over a surface with a broom or besom; clean up: as, a servant engaged to sweep and scrub.
- To swing or slat the flukes from side to side, as a whale when wounded or attacked.
- To move, drive, or carry forward or away by overwhelming force or violence; remove or gather up by a long brushing stroke: literally or figuratively: as, the wind sweeps the snow from the tops of the hills; a flood sweeps away a bridge or a house.
- To carry with a long swinging or dragging movement; trail pompously.
- To strike with a long sweeping stroke; brush or traverse quickly with the fingers; pass with a brushing motion, as the fingers; hence, to produce, as musical sounds, by such a motion or stroke.
- To move over or along: as, the wind swept the surface of the sea.
- To direct the eye over in a comprehensive glance; view with the eye or an optical instrument in a rapid and general survey: as, to sweep the heavens with a telescope.
- To brush over, as with a broom or besom, for removing loose dirt; make clean by brushing: as, to sweep a floor or a chimney.
- To rid as by sweeping; clear.
- To draw or drag something over: as, to sweep the bottom of a river with a net, or with the bight of a rope to hook an anchor.
- To propel by means of sweeps or long oars.
- To have within range of fire; clear of enemies or a mob by a discharge of artillery or musketry, as a street or square.
- To form (a mold which has the profile made by a surface of revolution) by causing the profile, reproduced on the edge of a board, to revolve or sweep around an axis. See sweep, n., 11.
- n. The act of sweeping; the act of effecting something by means of a sweeping or clearing-out force; hence, wholesale change or removal.
- n. The reach or range of a continued motion or stroke: as, the long sweep of a scythe; direction or extent of any motion not rectilinear: as, the sweep of a compass; hence, range, in general; compass.
- n. Specifically— The compass of anything flowing or blowing: as, the flood or the storm carried away everything within its sweep.
- n. Reach; extent; prevalence, as of a disease: as, the sweep of an epidemic.
- n. A turn, bend, or curve.
- n. A circular, semicircular, or curved carriage-drive in front of a house.
- n. A rapid survey or inspection by moving the direction of vision in a systematic manner so as to search the whole of a given angular area; especially, in astronomy, the act of sweeping (see sweep, v. i., 4); hence, the immediate object of such a view; hence, again, the external object, the country, or section of the heavens viewed.
- n. In ship-building, any are of a circle used in the body-plan to describe the form of the timbers.
- n. Nautical, a large oar, used in small vessels sometimes to assist the rudder in turning the vessel in a calm, but usually to propel the craft. Also swape.
- n. A metal frame on which the tiller or rudder-yoke of a ship travels.
- n. An engine formerly used in war for throwing stones into fortresses; a ballista.
- n. A device for drawing water from a well by means of a long pole resting on a tall upright as a fulcrum; also, one of various somewhat similar levers performing other functions, as the lever of a horse-power. Also swipe, swape.
- n. In loam-molding, a pattern shape consisting of a board of which the edge is cut to the form of the cross-sectional outline of the article to be molded.
- n. A form of light plow or cultivator used for working crops planted in rows, as cotton or maize; a cotton-sweep.
- n. In card-playing: In the game of casino, a pairing or combining of all the cards on the board and so removing them all.
- n. In whist, the winning of all the tricks in a hand.
- n. Same as sweepstakes.
- n. plural The sweepings of an establishment where precious metals are worked, as a goldsmith's or silversmith's shop, or a mint.
- n. One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney-sweeper.
- n. See the quotation.
- n. A light one-horse plow-stock equipped with a sweep blade, used in working cotton, etc.
- n. A plow-shovel designed to destroy weeds and stir the surface of the soil between rows. It is of a triangular form. somewhat bent back at the sides, often expanded into wings (wing-sweep), sometimes to a breadth of 30 inches. The wings may be adjustable.
- n. In thermodynamics, any change in a material system, not in equilibrium, which brings it spontaneously into equilibrium; an irreversible process. Also called a sweeping process.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
- n. a long oar used in an open boat
- n. (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
- v. make a big sweeping gesture or movement
- n. a wide scope
- n. someone who cleans soot from chimneys
- v. sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
- n. winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
- v. win an overwhelming victory in or on
- v. sweep across or over
- v. clean by sweeping
- v. to cover or extend over an area or time period
- n. a movement in an arc
- v. cover the entire range of
- v. move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
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