Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sweeping blow or stroke.
  • noun Informal A critical remark.
  • noun A lever, especially one that raises the bucket in a well.
  • intransitive verb To hit with a sweeping motion.
  • intransitive verb To pass (a swipe card) through an electronic reader.
  • intransitive verb Informal To steal; filch. synonym: steal.
  • intransitive verb To make a sweeping stroke.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as sweep, 10.
  • noun A hard blow; a stroke with the full swing of the arms, as in cricket or golf.
  • To strike with a long or wide sweeping blow; deliver a hard blow or stroke with the full swing of the arms; strike or drive with great force.
  • To drink, or drink off, hastily.
  • To snatch; steal by snatching; steal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A swape or sweep. See sweep.
  • noun A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
  • noun Slang, Eng. Poor, weak beer; small beer.
  • transitive verb To give a swipe to; to strike forcibly with a sweeping motion, as a ball.
  • transitive verb Slang, U.S. To pluck; to snatch; to steal.

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

  • verb transitive To steal or snatch.
  • verb transitive To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
  • verb intransitive To grab or bat quickly.
  • noun countable A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
  • noun countable A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
  • noun countable, informal A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
  • noun uncountable Poor, weak beer; small beer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a sweeping stroke or blow
  • verb strike with a swiping motion
  • verb make off with belongings of others

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps variant of sweep.]

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