from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having wide-ranging influence or effect: sweeping changes.
- adj. Moving in or as if in a wide curve: a sweeping gesture; a sweeping glance.
- adj. Indiscriminate; wholesale: sweeping generalizations.
- adj. Overwhelming; complete: a sweeping victory.
- n. The action of one that sweeps.
- n. Things swept up; refuse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of sweep.
- n. An instance of sweeping.
- n. The activity of sweeping.
- adj. wide, broad, affecting many things
- adj. Completely overwhelming
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Cleaning off surfaces, or cleaning away dust, dirt, or litter, as a broom does; moving with swiftness and force; carrying everything before it; including in its scope many persons or things
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of one who or that which sweeps, in any sense; also, the result of such act.
- n. plural Whatever is gathered together by or as by sweeping; rubbish; refuse.
- n. Specifically— In stereotyping and electrotyping, the bits of metal thrown on the floor by sawing- and planing-machines.
- n. In printing, the waste paper swept up from the floor of a press-room.
- n. In bookbinding, the bits of gold-leaf gathered up by the cotton cloth that is used to remove the surplus gold of a gilded book.
- Carrying everything before it; overwhelming: as, a sweeping majority.
- Including or comprehending many individuals or particulars in a single act or assertion; comprehensive; all-including: as, a sweeping charge; a sweeping declaration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of cleaning with a broom
- adj. ignoring distinctions
- adj. taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination
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