What does swoop mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swoop, slidenoun

    (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale

    "the violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides"

  2. swoopnoun

    a very rapid raid

  3. swoopverb

    a swift descent through the air

  4. pounce, swoopverb

    move down on as if in an attack

    "The raptor swooped down on its prey"; "The teacher swooped down upon the new students"

  5. swoopverb

    move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc

  6. swoop, swoop upverb

    seize or catch with a swooping motion


  1. swoopnoun

    an instance, or the act of suddenly plunging downward

    The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. uE000160914uE001 Sun Tzu

  2. swoopnoun

    an act of rushedly doing something

    Fortune's a right whore. If she give ought, she deals it in small parcels, that she may take away all at one swoop. uE000160915uE001 John Webster

  3. swoopnoun

    passing quickly from one note to the next

  4. swoopverb

    to fly or glide downwards suddenly; to plunge (in the air) or nosedive

    The lone eagle swooped down into the lake, snatching its prey, a small fish.

  5. swoopverb

    to move swiftly, as if with a sweeping movement, especially to attack something

    The dog had enthusiastically swooped down on the bone.

  6. Etymology: From swopen, from swapan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Swoopnoun

    Fall of a bird of prey upon his quarry.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    All my pretty ones?
    Did you say all? What, all? O hellkite! all!
    What, all my pretty chickens and their dam,
    At one fell swoop? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The eagle fell into the fox’s quarters, and carried away a whole litter of cubs at a swoop. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Swoopverb

    Etymology: I suppose formed from the sound.

    A fowl in Madagascar, called a ruck, the feathers of whose wings are twelve paces, can with as much ease swoop up an elephant as our kites do a mouse. John Wilkins.

    This mould’ring piecemeal in your hands did fall,
    And now at last you came to swoop it all. Dryden.

    The physician looks with another eye on the medicinal herb than the grazing ox, which swoops it in with the common grass. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swoopnoun

    to fall on at once and seize; to catch while on the wing; as, a hawk swoops a chicken

  2. Swoopnoun

    to seize; to catch up; to take with a sweep

  3. Swoopverb

    to descend with closed wings from a height upon prey, as a hawk; to swoop

  4. Swoopverb

    to pass with pomp; to sweep

  5. Swoopnoun

    a falling on and seizing, as the prey of a rapacious bird; the act of swooping

  6. Etymology: [OE. swopen, usually, to sweep, As. swpan to sweep, to rush; akin to G. schweifen to rove, to ramble, to curve, OHG. sweifan to whirl, Icel. sveipa to sweep; also to AS. swfan to move quickly. Cf. Sweep, Swift, a. & n., Swipe, Swivel.]


  1. Swoop

    Swoop is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers fictional series and toy line. He was first introduced in 1985 and was voiced by Michael Bell in the animated The Transformers series.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swoop

    swōōp, v.t. to sweep down upon: to take with a sweep: to catch while on the wing: to catch up.—v.i. to descend with a sweep.—n. the act of swooping: a seizing, as a bird on its prey. [A.S. swápan, to sweep; Ger. schweifen, to rove.]


  1. Swoop

    Swoop is a Native Advertising service that seamlessly integrates relevant information about products and services - at times in the form of sponsored content or advertising - into the content that consumers are engaged with online. Through its patent pending technology Swoop has made a breakthrough that allows for Conceptual Advertising; the ability to understand not just the content, but the actual human concepts that are being expressed. This provides advertisers with the intent and relevancy of search, but at the scale of the Web. Swoop case studies highlight consistent search-like engagement that outperforms traditional display advertising by as much as 50 fold.Founded by a team with deep experience in web publishing, advertising technology and consumer marketing, Swoop is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swoop in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swoop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of swoop in a Sentence

  1. Matt Damon:

    You guys did it here in one fell swoop and I wish that could happen in my country, but it’s such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk about it sensibly, people get so emotional that even when you make a suggestion about not selling AK-47s to people on terror watch lists, that’s a non-starter.

  2. Richard Wight:

    In one fell swoop we can now see the same mental health benefits of marriage for same sex couples as heterosexual couples, the main reason there is a benefit to being in a legally recognized marriage is that it introduces a level of stability into a relationship. This is going to help change the social climate. Hearing the Supreme Court say this is OK will help couples feel like they're part of regular society.

  3. Teresa Fillmon:

    United States's not like,' Oh, they just dump United States there,' united States love United States children. United States just can't take care of United States at that given moment. And United States's no reason why some American can swoop in here and snag them.

  4. Barack Obama:

    My biggest suggestion would be for the BRT just to start having conversations on a bipartisan basis on lifting the embargo. It doesn't necessarily have to happen or even should happen all in one fell swoop, but I think you look at the economic opportunities that are provided, they are significant.

  5. Markus Soeder:

    There is no point in just breaking it off now. Imagine: we open everything in one fell swoop, then within two, three weeks we will be in a situation maybe even worse than before.

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Translations for swoop

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  • picada, precipitarse, lanzarse en picada, volar en picada, picado, precipitación, arrebato, abalanzarseSpanish
  • syöksy, syöksyä, hyökätä, rynnätäFinnish
  • précipitationFrench
  • झपट्टाHindi
  • whakatopa, topa, kurutohitohiMāori
  • налетатьRussian
  • vrhnúť sa (na), pustiť sa strmhlavSlovak
  • திடீர்த்தாக்குதல்Tamil

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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    • A. descant
    • B. fluster
    • C. lucubrate
    • D. caddie

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