from The Century Dictionary.

  • The arms of a mill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of sweep.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of sweep.


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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