To swoop is to move downward quickly and dramatically, like an eagle that swoops down to catch its prey.

A swoop is an impressive movement best demonstrated by a bird. If a bird is high in the air, then moves down quickly, making an arc or loop, that's an example of a swoop. People can also swoop — three muggers might swoop in on a victim, for example. The phrase "one fell swoop" means "all at once," and Shakespeare used it first, in "Macbeth:" "What, All my pretty Chickens, and their Dam, At one fell swoop?"

Definitions of swoop

v move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc

Type of:
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v move down on as if in an attack

“The raptor swooped down on its prey”
“The teacher swooped down upon the new students”
descend swiftly, as if on prey
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

v seize or catch with a swooping motion

swoop up
Type of:
snap, snatch, snatch up
to grasp hastily or eagerly

n a very rapid raid

Type of:
foray, maraud, raid
a sudden short attack

n a swift descent through the air

Type of:
the act of changing your location in a downward direction

n (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale

Type of:
a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale

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