What does Sweep mean?

Definitions for Sweep

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Sweep.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sweep, expanse(noun)

    a wide scope

    "the sweep of the plains"

  2. chimneysweeper, chimneysweep, sweep(noun)

    someone who cleans soot from chimneys

  3. slam, sweep(noun)

    winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge

  4. sweep, sweep oar(noun)

    a long oar used in an open boat

  5. end run, sweep(noun)

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

  6. sweep(verb)

    a movement in an arc

    "a sweep of his arm"

  7. brush, sweep(verb)

    sweep across or over

    "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience"

  8. sweep, sail(verb)

    move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions

    "The diva swept into the room"; "Shreds of paper sailed through the air"; "The searchlights swept across the sky"

  9. sweep, broom(verb)

    sweep with a broom or as if with a broom

    "Sweep the crumbs off the table"; "Sweep under the bed"

  10. embroil, tangle, sweep, sweep up, drag, drag in(verb)

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

    "They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business"

  11. cross, traverse, span, sweep(verb)

    to cover or extend over an area or time period

    "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"; "The novel spans three centuries"

  12. sweep(verb)

    clean by sweeping

    "Please sweep the floor"

  13. sweep(verb)

    win an overwhelming victory in or on

    "Her new show dog swept all championships"

  14. sweep(verb)

    cover the entire range of

  15. swing, sweep, swing out(verb)

    make a big sweeping gesture or movement


  1. sweep(Noun)

    The person who steers a dragon boat.

  2. sweep(Noun)

    A person who stands at the stern of a surf boat, steering with a steering oar and commanding the crew.

  3. sweep(Noun)

    A chimney sweep.

  4. sweep(Noun)

    A search (typically for bugs [electronic listening devices]).

  5. sweep(Noun)

    A batsman's shot, played from a kneeling position with a swinging horizontal bat.

  6. sweep(Noun)

    A lottery, usually on the results of a sporting event, where players win if their randomly chosen team wins.

    Jim will win fifty dollars in the office sweep if Japan wins the World Cup.

  7. sweep(Noun)

    A flow of water parallel to shore caused by wave action at an ocean beach or at a point or headland.

  8. sweep(Noun)

    A single action of sweeping.

  9. sweep(Verb)

    To clean (a surface) by means of a stroking motion of a broom or brush.

  10. sweep(Verb)

    To move through an (horizontal) arc or similar long stroke.

  11. sweep(Verb)

    To search (a place) methodically.

  12. sweep(Verb)

    To travel quickly.

  13. sweep(Verb)

    To play a sweep shot.

  14. sweep(Verb)

    To brush the ice in front of a moving stone, causing it to travel farther and to curl less.

  15. sweep(Verb)

    To move something in a particular motion, as a broom

  16. sweep(Verb)

    To win (a series) without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.

  17. sweep(Verb)

    To defeat (a team) in a series without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.

  18. Origin: From swapan; see also swoop.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sweep(verb)

    to pass a broom across (a surface) so as to remove loose dirt, dust, etc.; to brush, or rub over, with a broom for the purpose of cleaning; as, to sweep a floor, the street, or a chimney. Used also figuratively

  2. Sweep(verb)

    to drive or carry along or off with a broom or a brush, or as if with a broom; to remove by, or as if by, brushing; as, to sweep dirt from a floor; the wind sweeps the snow from the hills; a freshet sweeps away a dam, timber, or rubbish; a pestilence sweeps off multitudes

  3. Sweep(verb)

    to brush against or over; to rub lightly along

  4. Sweep(verb)

    to carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion

  5. Sweep(verb)

    to strike with a long stroke

  6. Sweep(verb)

    to draw or drag something over; as, to sweep the bottom of a river with a net

  7. Sweep(verb)

    to pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation; as, to sweep the heavens with a telescope

  8. Sweep(verb)

    to clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like

  9. Sweep(verb)

    to brush swiftly over the surface of anything; to pass with switness and force, as if brushing the surface of anything; to move in a stately manner; as, the wind sweeps across the plain; a woman sweeps through a drawing-room

  10. Sweep(verb)

    to pass over anything comprehensively; to range through with rapidity; as, his eye sweeps through space

  11. Sweep(noun)

    the act of sweeping

  12. Sweep(noun)

    the compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep

  13. Sweep(noun)

    the compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye

  14. Sweep(noun)

    the compass of anything flowing or brushing; as, the flood carried away everything within its sweep

  15. Sweep(noun)

    violent and general destruction; as, the sweep of an epidemic disease

  16. Sweep(noun)

    direction and extent of any motion not rectlinear; as, the sweep of a compass

  17. Sweep(noun)

    direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, or the like, away from a rectlinear line

  18. Sweep(noun)

    one who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper

  19. Sweep(noun)

    a movable templet for making molds, in loam molding

  20. Sweep(noun)

    the mold of a ship when she begins to curve in at the rungheads; any part of a ship shaped in a segment of a circle

  21. Sweep(noun)

    a large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them

  22. Sweep(noun)

    the almond furnace

  23. Sweep(noun)

    a long pole, or piece of timber, moved on a horizontal fulcrum fixed to a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well for drawing water

  24. Sweep(noun)

    in the game of casino, a pairing or combining of all the cards on the board, and so removing them all; in whist, the winning of all the tricks (thirteen) in a hand; a slam

  25. Sweep(noun)

    the sweeping of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc

  26. Origin: [OE. swepen; akin to AS. swpan. See Swoop, v. i.]


  1. Sweep

    Sweep is a series of young adult fantasy novels written by Cate Tiernan, the first of which, Book of Shadows, was published in 2001. The series follows a teenage girl, Morgan Rowlands, who discovers she is the descendant of a long line of witches, and possesses powerful magick of her own.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sweep

    swēp, v.t. to wipe or rub over with a brush or broom: to carry along or off by a long brushing stroke or force: to destroy or carry off at a stroke: to strike with a long stroke: to carry with pomp: to drag over: to pass rapidly over.—v.i. to pass swiftly and forcibly: to pass with pomp: to move with a long reach:—pa.t. and pa.p. swept.—n. act of sweeping: extent of a stroke, or of anything turning or in motion: prevalence, range: direction of a curve: the act of bringing into a general movement: rapid or wide-spread destructiveness: a curved approach before a building: a chimney-sweeper: (pl.) oars of great length used during a calm or in still water, either to assist the rudder or to propel the vessel.—n. Sweep′er.—adv. Sweep′ingly, in a sweeping manner.—n. Sweep′ingness.—n.pl. Sweep′ings, things collected by sweeping: rubbish.—ns. Sweep′-net, a net that embraces a large compass: Sweep′stake (Shak.), one who wins all—usually in pl. Sweep′stakes, a method of gambling by which several persons contribute each certain stakes, the whole of which fall to one in case of a certain event happening; Sweep′-wash′er, one who scrapes a little gold or silver from the sweepings of refineries.—adj. Sweep′y, swaying, sweeping, curving. [A.S. swápan; Ger. schweifen, Cf. Swoop.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sweep

    The trending or inclination of a coast to a crescent. Also, that part of the mould of a ship, where she begins to compass in the rung-heads. Also, a large kind of oar.--To sweep a coast. To sail along at a reasonable distance with a vigilant inspection.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sweep

    To clear or brush away; as, the cannon swept everything before it.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sweep' in Verbs Frequency: #552

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sweep in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sweep in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Sweep in a Sentence

  1. Charles Gladden:

    I just sweep, clean the bathroom, that type of stuff.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Today's tears sweep the road to tomorrow's blessings.

  3. Kim Jong:

    It is necessary to sweep away the whirlwind of sanctions by the hostile forces.

  4. Rickie Fowler:

    It's a strong field. But The Americans're the only country with a chance for a podium sweep.

  5. Olivier Salgado:

    The operation against assailants in the camp premises ended. Search and sweep operations are ongoing.

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