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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of sweep.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of sweep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The arms of a mill.


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  • Sweeps are televison jargon for the periodic intervals during a year when viewership of TV channels is exhustively measured to determine how many viewers are watching each station. Networks scehedule programs that they expect will attrach large audiences during these times. Sweeps are used to determine advertising prices, hence have significant impact on network revenues.

    January 15, 2010