sweep [swēp]
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
3. to clear (a space, path, etc.) with or as with a broom
4. to strip, clear, carry away, remove, or destroy with a forceful movement or movements
5. to move or carry along with a sweeping movement [to sweep one's hand through one's hair]
6. to touch or brush in moving across [hands sweeping the keyboard]
7. to pass swiftly over or across; traverse, as in search [searchlights sweeping the sky]
8. to direct (the eyes, a glance, etc.) over something swiftly
a) to drag (a river, pond, etc.) with a net, grapple, etc.
b) to clear (the sea, etc.) with a mine sweeper
10. to direct gunfire along; rake
a) to win all the games or events of (a series, set, or match)
b) to win overwhelmingly [to sweep an election]
1. to clean a surface, room, etc. with or as with a broom or the like
2. to move, pass, or progress steadily or smoothly, esp. with speed, force, or gracefulness [planes sweeping across the sky, music sweeping to a climax]
3. to trail, as skirts or the train of a gown
4. to reach or extend in a long, graceful curve or line [a road sweeping up the hill]
1. the act of sweeping, as with a broom
a) a continuous sweeping or driving movement [the sweep of a scythe]
b) a stroke or blow resulting from this
3. a trailing, as of skirts
4. range or scope [within the sweep of their guns]
5. extent or range; stretch; reach [a long sweep of meadow]
6. a line, contour, curve, etc. that gives an impression of flow or movement
7. a person whose work is sweeping; specif., CHIMNEY SWEEP
8. [usually pl.] things swept up; sweepings
a) the taking or winning of all; complete victory or success, as in a series of contests
b) in casino, the taking of all the cards on the board, by pairing or combining
c) in whist, the winning of all the tricks in one deal
10. a long oar
11. a long pole mounted on a pivot, with a bucket at one end, used for raising water, as from a well
12. a blade or plow-point of various widths, used in the shallow cultivation of row crops
13. a sail of a windmill
14. short for SWEEPSTAKES
15. Electronics one transit of an electron beam across the screen of a cathode-ray tube, moving either horizontally from line to line, as in a picture tube, or circularly around a center point, as in a radarscope
16. Football a play in which the ball carrier runs a relatively long way toward a sideline before turning toward the line of scrimmage
17. [usually pl.] Radio TV Informal
a) a national rating survey of local stations for determining advertising rates
b) the period during which the survey is conducted

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  • Sweep — may refer to any of the following:Cleaning * Chimney sweep * Street sweeper * To clean using a broom or brushBoating* A kind of oar used for guiding bateaus and similar boats * In sport rowing, a boat that has only one oar per rowerports* Sweep… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — bezeichnet: Sweep (Sport), eine Siegesserie im Sport Sweep (Grafik), ein Verfahren in der Computergrafik Sweep Picking, eine Spieltechnik der Gitarre Sweep (Informatik), ein Verfahren in der Informatik Sweep (Software), ein Audioeditor für Linux… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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

  • sweep — [n1] range, extent ambit, breadth, compass, extension, latitude, length, orbit, purview, radius, reach, region, scope, span, stretch, vista; concepts 651,756,788 sweep [n2] movement arc, bend, course, curve, gesture, move, play, progress, stroke …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • sweep — index coverage (scope), extent, gamut, range, scope, space Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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