What does sweeping mean?

Definitions for sweeping
ˈswi pɪŋsweep·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sweepingadjective

    the act of cleaning with a broom

  2. sweepingadjective

    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"

  3. sweeping, wholesaleadjective

    ignoring distinctions

    "sweeping generalizations"; "wholesale destruction"


  1. sweepingnoun

    An instance of sweeping.

    The sidewalk needed a sweeping every morning.

  2. sweepingnoun

    The activity of sweeping.

  3. sweepingadjective

    wide, broad, affecting many things

  4. sweepingadjective

    Completely overwhelming

    He claimed a sweeping victory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sweeping

    of Sweep

  2. Sweepingadjective

    cleaning off surfaces, or cleaning away dust, dirt, or litter, as a broom does; moving with swiftness and force; carrying everything before it; including in its scope many persons or things; as, a sweeping flood; a sweeping majority; a sweeping accusation

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sweeping

    The act of dragging the bight or loose part of a small rope along the ground, in a harbour or roadstead, in order to recover a sunk anchor or wreck. The two ends of the rope are fastened to two boats, a weight being suspended to the middle, to sink it to the ground, so that, as the boats row ahead, it may drag along the bottom. Also, a term used for rapidly scrutinizing a certain portion of the heavens in quest of planets, comets, &c.

Editors Contribution

  1. sweepingverb

    Verb form of the word sweep.

    The sweeping brush was easy to find as we always put it in the same place.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 13, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sweeping in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sweeping in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sweeping in a Sentence

  1. Claire McCaskill:

    One assault is still too many, and there's still more work to be done -- especially when it comes to guarding against retaliation, but today's report shows we're on the right track as our sweeping reforms continue to take root.

  2. Elie Honig:

    Defense lawyers worry about that. The sweeping verdict where a jury just says' they're all guilty' without differentiating defendant 1 from defendant 2 from defendant 3.

  3. Ravi Perry:

    Even when slavery was abolished, it was incremental -- it began with the Emancipation Proclamation, and led up to the 13th Amendment, same thing with civil rights. We didn't just have one huge sweeping bill that changed everything. First we focused on public transportation, then voting rights, then fair housing. There were incremental steps.

  4. Lisa Wang:

    I think now( they are carrying out this) one size for all sweeping policy.

  5. Paul Hokemeyer:

    Sweeping and dramatic changes make for good theater, but in real life, they're not effective.

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