Something that's sweeping is wide-ranging or thorough. A political candidate might campaign on promises to bring sweeping change to a country.

Sweeping things can be extensive, like the sweeping powers a president has in a dictatorship, or curving, like the sweeping motion a dancer makes with his arm. Sweeping can also mean "overly broad," so if you make a sweeping generalization, you take a general idea or rule and apply it too widely, without allowing any exceptions to it.

Definitions of sweeping
  1. adjective
    taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination
    “a sweeping glance”
    “a wide- sweeping view of the river”
    broad, wide
    having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
  2. adjective
    broad in scope or content
  3. adjective
    ignoring distinctions
    sweeping generalizations”
    synonyms: wholesale
    not marked by fine distinctions
  4. noun
    the act of cleaning with a broom
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    type of:
    cleaning, cleansing, cleanup
    the act of making something clean
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