sweep

When you use a broom to clean the floor, you sweep. You also sweep when you move in a smooth, confident way, like when you sweep onto the dance floor in a dazzling new outfit.

A barber sweeps up hair from the the barber shop floor, and your melodramatic brother sweeps his homework off his desk with his arm when he's frustrated. You can also use sweepfor things that move fast, like a car sweeping down a driveway or fire that sweeps through a forest. Informally, sweep also means "to win every contest," like when your favorite team sweeps the World Series. This usage comes from an older meaning, "winning all hands in a card game."

Primary Meanings of sweep

1.
vn
sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
a movement in an arc
2.
v
force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
3.
vn
cover the entire range of
a wide scope
4.
vn
win an overwhelming victory in or on
winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
5.
n
a long oar used in an open boat
6.
n
(American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
Full Definitions of sweep
1

v sweep with a broom or as if with a broom

Sweep the crumbs off the table”
Sweep under the bed”
Synonyms:
broom
Type of:
pass over, wipe
rub with a circular motion

v clean by sweeping

“Please sweep the floor”
Synonyms:
broom
sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
Type of:
clean, make clean
make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from

v sweep across or over

“A gasp swept cross the audience”
Synonyms:
brush
brush
touch lightly and briefly
sail
move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v make a big sweeping gesture or movement

Synonyms:
swing, swing out
Type of:
handle, manage, wield
manage or wield effectively

v move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions

“The diva swept into the room”
“The searchlights swept across the sky”
Synonyms:
sail
brush
sweep across or over
Types:
swan
sweep majestically
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

n a movement in an arc

“a sweep of his arm”
Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location

n someone who cleans soot from chimneys

Synonyms:
chimneysweep, chimneysweeper
Type of:
cleaner
someone whose occupation is cleaning
2

v force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action

“They were swept up by the events”
Synonyms:
drag, drag in, embroil, sweep up, tangle
Type of:
involve
engage as a participant
3

v cover the entire range of

Types:
rake
sweep the length of
enfilade
rake or be in a position to rake with gunfire in a lengthwise direction
Type of:
continue, cover, extend
span an interval of distance, space or time

v to cover or extend over an area or time period

Synonyms:
cross, span, traverse
Type of:
continue, cover, extend
span an interval of distance, space or time

n a wide scope

“the sweep of the plains”
Synonyms:
expanse
Type of:
ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach, scope
an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"
4

v win an overwhelming victory in or on

“Her new show dog swept all championships”
Type of:
win
be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious

n winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge

Synonyms:
slam
Types:
grand slam
winning all of the tricks in a hand of bridge
little slam, small slam
winning all but one of the tricks in a hand of bridge
Type of:
triumph, victory
a successful ending of a struggle or contest
5

n a long oar used in an open boat

Synonyms:
sweep oar
Type of:
oar
an implement used to propel or steer a boat
6

n (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line

Synonyms:
end run
Type of:
run, running, running game, running play
(American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team

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