swoop

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
1

v move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc

Type of:
move
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”
Synonyms:
pounce
Types:
stoop
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

Synonyms:
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:
descent
the act of changing your location in a downward direction

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

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

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