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[n] a movement in an arc; "a sweep of his arm"
[n] (football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
[n] a long oar used in an open boat
[n] a wide scope; "the sweep of the plains"
[n] winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
[n] someone who cleans soot from chimneys
[v] win an overwhelming victory in or on; "Her new show dog swept all championships"
[v] sweep with a broom or as if with a broom; "Sweep the crumbs off the table"; "Sweep under the bed"
[v] clean by sweeping; "Please sweep the floor"
[v] make a big sweeping gesture or movement
[v] 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"
[v] sweep across or over; "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience"
[v] 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"
[v] to cover a wide area; "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"
[v] cover the entire range of

Misc. Definitions

\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 purpose of cleaning; as, to sweep a floor, the street, or a chimney. Used also figuratively. I will sweep it with the besom of destruction. --Isa. xiv. 2
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2. To drive or carry along or off with a broom or a brush, or as if with a broom; to remove by, or as if by, brushing; as, to sweep dirt from a floor; the wind sweeps the snow from the hills; a freshet sweeps away a dam, timber, or rubbish; a pestilence sweeps off multitudes. The hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies. --Isa. xxviii. 1
7. I have already swept the stakes. --Dryden.
3. To brush against or over; to rub lightly along. Their long descending train, With rubies edged and sapphires, swept the plain. --Dryden.
4. To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion. And like a peacock sweep along his tail. --Shak.
5. To strike with a long stroke. Wake into voice each silent string, And sweep the sounding lyre. --Pope.
6. (Naut.) To draw or drag something over; as, to sweep the bottom of a river with a net.
7. To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation; as, to sweep the heavens with a telescope. {To sweep, or sweep up}, {a mold} (Founding), to form the sand into a mold by a templet, instead of compressing it around the pattern.
\Sweep\, v. i.
1. To clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like.
2. To brush swiftly over the surface of anything; to pass with switness and force, as if brushing the surface of anything; to move in a stately manner; as, the wind sweeps across the plain; a woman sweeps through a drawing-room.
3. To pass over anything comprehensively; to range through with rapidity; as, his eye sweeps through space.
\Sweep\, n.
1. The act of sweeping.
2. The compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep.
3. The compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye.
4. The compass of anything flowing or brushing; as, the flood carried away everything within its sweep.
5. Violent and general destruction; as, the sweep of an epidemic disease.
6. Direction and extent of any motion not rectlinear; as, the sweep of a compass.
7. Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, or the like, away from a rectlinear line. The road which makes a small sweep. --Sir W. Scott.
8. One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper.
9. (Founding) A movable templet for making molds, in loam molding.
10. (Naut.) (a) The mold of a ship when she begins to curve in at the rungheads; any part of a ship shaped in a segment of a circle. (b) A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them. 1
1. (Refining) The almond furnace. [Obs.] 1
2. A long pole, or piece of timber, moved on a horizontal fulcrum fixed to a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well for drawing water. [Variously written {swape}, {sweep}, {swepe}, and {swipe}.] 1
3. (Card Playing) In the game of casino, a pairing or combining of all the cards on the board, and so removing them all; in whist, the winning of all the tricks (thirteen) in a hand; a slam. 1
4. pl. The sweeping of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc. {Sweep net}, a net for drawing over a large compass. {Sweep of the tiller} (Naut.), a circular frame on which the tiller traverses.

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