sweep


sweep
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verb (swept, sweeping)
verb (t)
1. to move, drive, or bring, by passing a broom, brush, or the like over the surface occupied, or as the broom or other object does: to sweep dust away.
2. to move, bring, take, etc., by or as by a steady, driving stroke or with continuous, forcible actions: the wind sweeps the snow into drifts.
3. Cricket to strike (the ball) with a cross bat close to the ground, on the leg side, usually backward of square leg.
4. to pass or draw (something) over a surface, or about, along, etc., with a steady, continuous stroke or movement: to sweep a brush over a table.
5. to clear or clean (a floor, room, chimney, etc.) of dirt, litter, etc., by means of a broom or the like.
6. to make (a path, etc.) by clearing a space with a broom or the like.
7. to clear (a surface, place, etc.) of something on or in it: to sweep the sea of enemy ships.
8. to pass over (a surface, region, etc.) with a steady, driving movement or unimpeded course, as winds, floods or fire.
9. to direct the gaze over (a region, etc.) with the unaided eye or with a telescope or the like; survey with a continuous view over the whole extent.
10. to win an overwhelming victory, as in an election: the Labor Party swept the polls in the 1972 election.
11. Music
a. to pass the fingers or bow over (a musical instrument, its strings or keys, etc.) as in playing.
b. to bring forth (music) thus.
12. Electronics to scan (a band of frequency) when receiving a signal, or to generate a signal which moves across (a band of frequency).
verb (i)
13. to sweep a floor, room, etc., as with a broom, or as a broom does: a new broom sweeps clean.
14. to move (down, over, etc.) steadily and strongly or swiftly.
15. to pass in a swift but stately manner, as a person, a procession, etc.
16. to walk in long, trailing garments.
17. to trail, as garments, etc.
18. to move or pass in a continuous course, especially a wide curve or circuit: his glance swept about the room.
19. to extend in a continuous or curving stretch, as a road, a shore, fields, etc.
20. to conduct an underwater search by towing a drag under the surface of the water, as for mines, a lost anchor, or the like.
21. Cricket to execute a sweep.
noun
22. the act of sweeping, especially a moving, removing, clearing, etc., by or as by the use of a broom: to abolish all class distinctions at one sweep.
23. the steady, driving motion or swift onward course of something moving with force or unimpeded: the sweep of the wind; the sweep of the waves.
24. a trailing movement, as of garments.
25. Cricket the action of a person batting who sweeps (def. 3).
26. a swinging or curving movement or stroke, as of the arm or a weapon, oar, etc.
27. Canoeing a paddle stroke used to turn a canoe to the left or right in a large arc.
28. reach, range or compass, as of something about: the sweep of a road about a marsh.
29. a continuous extent or stretch: a broad sweep of sand.
30. Navy a wire or rope dragged beneath the surface of the water by two mine-sweeping ships to cut mines loose.
31. a curving, especially widely or gently curving, line, form, part, or mass.
32. matter removed or gathered by sweeping.
33. a lever-like device for raising or lowering a bucket in a well, consisting essentially of a long pole pivoted on an upright post.
34. a large oar used in small vessels, sometimes to assist the rudder in turning the vessel but usually to propel the craft.
35. (in a lifesaving boat) the person who steers by means of a sweep (def. 34) at the stern.
36. someone who sweeps, especially a chimneysweep.
37. Cards
a. (in whist) the winning of all the tricks in a hand. Compare slam2 (def. 1).
b. (in a casino) a pairing or combining, and hence taking, of all the cards on the board.
38.
a. Physics an irreversible process tending towards thermal equilibrium.
b. Electronics the motion of the spot across the screen of a cathode-ray tube.
39. sweepstake.
40. Colloquial a disreputable person; scoundrel.
phrase
41. make a clean sweep,
a. to have a complete victory or success.
b. to get rid of something completely.
42. sweep under the carpet, to remove (inconvenient issues) from consideration.
{Middle English swepe earlier swope, Old English swāpan sweep}
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noun (plural sweep or sweeps)
an Australian marine fish of prized edible quality, of the family Scorpidae.
{? from sweep1 (def. 36), from its tendency to turn black soon after being taken out of water}
Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Sweep — Sweep, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swept}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sweeping}.] [OE. swepen; akin to AS. sw[=a]pan. See {Swoop}, v. i.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sweep — Sweep, n. 1. The act of sweeping. [1913 Webster] 2. The compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep. [1913 Webster] 3. The compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye. [1913 Webster] 4. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweep — Sweep, n. 1. The act of sweeping. [1913 Webster] 2. The compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep. [1913 Webster] 3. The compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye. [1913 Webster] 4. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • sweep — [swēp] vt. swept, sweeping [ME swepen, akin to (or ? altered <) OE swapan: see SWOOP] 1. to clear or clean (a surface, room, etc.) as by brushing with a broom 2. to remove or clear away (dirt, debris, etc.) as with a broom or brushing movement …   English World dictionary

  • sweep — ► VERB (past and past part. swept) 1) clean (an area) by brushing away dirt or litter. 2) move or push with great force. 3) (sweep away/aside) remove or abolish swiftly and suddenly. 4) search or survey (an area). 5) pass or traverse swiftly and… …   English terms dictionary

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  • sweep — (v.) c.1300, perhaps from a past tense form of M.E. swope sweep, from O.E. swapan to sweep (transitive & intransitive); see SWOOP (Cf. swoop). The noun meaning range, extent is attested from 1679; in ref. to police or military actions, it is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sweep — Sweep, v. i. 1. To clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like. [1913 Webster] 2. To brush swiftly over the surface of anything; to pass with switness and force, as if brushing the surface …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sweep — Sweep. См. Вращающийся шаблон. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов