sweep: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (swēp), [key]
— v., n. swept, sweep•ing,
- to move or remove (dust, dirt, etc.) with or as if with a broom, brush, or the like.
- to clear or clean (a floor, room, chimney, etc.) of dirt, litter, or the like, by means of a broom or brush.
- to drive or carry by some steady force, as of a wind or wave: The wind swept the snow into drifts.
- to pass or draw (something) over a surface with a continuous stroke or movement: The painter swept a brush over his canvas.
- to make (a path, opening, etc.) by clearing a space with or as if with a broom.
- to clear (a surface, place, etc.) of something on or in it (often fol. by of&hasp;): to sweep a sea of enemy ships.
- to pass over (a surface, region, etc.) with a steady, driving movement or unimpeded course, as winds, floods, etc.: sandstorms sweeping the plains.
- to search (an area or building) thoroughly: Soldiers swept the town, looking for deserters.
- to pass the gaze, eyes, etc., over (a region, area, etc.): His eyes swept the countryside.
- to direct (the eyes, gaze, etc.) over a region, surface, or the like: He swept his eyes over the countryside.
- to examine electronically, as to search for a hidden listening device.
- to win a complete or overwhelming victory in (a contest): Johnson swept the presidential election of 1964.
- to win (every game, round, hand, etc., of a series of contests): The Yankees swept the three-game series.
- to pass the fingers or bow over (a musical instrument, its strings or keys, etc.), as in playing.
- to bring forth (music) thus.
- to sweep a floor, room, etc., with or as if with a broom: The new broom sweeps well.
- to move steadily and strongly or swiftly (usually fol. by along, down, by, into, etc.).
- to move or pass in a swift but stately manner: Proudly, she swept from the room.
- to move, pass, or extend in a continuous course, esp. a wide curve or circuit: His glance swept around the room.
- to conduct an underwater search by towing a drag under the surface of the water.
- (of an airfoil or its leading or trailing edge) to project from the fuselage at an angle rearward or forward of a line perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft.
- the act of sweeping, esp. a moving, removing, clearing, etc., by or as if by the use of a broom: to give the house a good sweep.
- the steady, driving motion or swift onward course of something moving with force or without interruption: the sweep of the wind and the waves.
- an examination by electronic detection devices of a room or building to determine the presence of hidden listening devices.
- a swinging or curving movement or stroke, as of the arm, a weapon, an oar, etc.
- reach, range, or compass, as of something sweeping about: the sweep of a road about a marsh.
- a continuous extent or stretch: a broad sweep of sand.
- a curving, esp. widely or gently curving, line, form, part, or mass.
- matter removed or gathered by sweeping.
- Also calleda leverlike device for raising or lowering a bucket in a well.
- a large oar used in small vessels, sometimes to assist the rudder or to propel the craft.
- an overwhelming victory in a contest.
- a winning of all the games, rounds, hands, prizes, etc., in a contest by one contestant.
- one of the sails of a windmill.
- any of the detachable triangular blades on a cultivator.
- a person employed to clean by sweeping, esp. a chimney sweeper.
- Whist.the winning of all the tricks in a hand. Cf.slam2 (def. 1).
- Casino. a pairing or combining, and hence taking, of all the cards on the board.
- an irreversible process tending towards thermal equilibrium.
Pronunciation: (swēp), [key]
— n. Slang.
- a sweepstakes.
- sweep (Thesaurus)