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1 a wide scope; "the sweep of the plains" [syn: expanse]
2 someone who cleans soot from chimneys [syn: chimneysweeper, chimneysweep]
3 winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge [syn: slam]
4 a long oar used in an open boat [syn: sweep oar]
5 (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line [syn: end run]
6 a movement in an arc; "a sweep of his arm"


1 sweep across or over; "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience" [syn: brush]
2 move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions; "The diva swept into the room"; "Shreds of paper sailed through the air"; "The searchlights swept across the sky" [syn: sail]
3 sweep with a broom or as if with a broom; "Sweep the crumbs off the table"; "Sweep under the bed" [syn: broom]
4 force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action; "They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business" [syn: embroil, tangle, sweep up, drag, drag in]
5 to cover or extend over an area or time period; "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"; "The novel spans three centuries" [syn: cross, traverse, span]
6 clean by sweeping; "Please sweep the floor"
7 win an overwhelming victory in or on; "Her new show dog swept all championships"
8 cover the entire range of
9 make a big sweeping gesture or movement [syn: swing, swing out] [also: swept]swept adj : possessing sweep; "the sleek swept wings of the plane" [ant: unswept]swept See sweep

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  • /'swεpt/


  1. past of sweep
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