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Definition of SWEEP

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Sweep \Sweep\, n.
     1. The act of sweeping.
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     2. The compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep. [1913 Webster]

     3. The compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye. [1913 Webster]

     4. The compass of anything flowing or brushing; as, the flood carried away everything within its sweep. [1913 Webster]

     5. Violent and general destruction; as, the sweep of an epidemic disease. [1913 Webster]

     6. Direction and extent of any motion not rectlinear; as, the sweep of a compass. [1913 Webster]

     7. Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, or the like, away from a rectlinear line. [1913 Webster]

              The road which makes a small sweep.   --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

     8. One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper. [1913 Webster]

     9. (Founding) A movable templet for making molds, in loam molding. [1913 Webster]

     10. (Naut.)
         (a) 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. (b) A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them. [1913 Webster]

     11. (Refining) The almond furnace. [Obs.]
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     12. 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. [Variously written {swape}, {sweep}, {swepe}, and {swipe}.] [1913 Webster]

     13. (Card Playing) 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. [1913 Webster]

     14. pl. The sweeping of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc. [1913 Webster]

     {Sweep net}, a net for drawing over a large compass.

     {Sweep of the tiller} (Naut.), a circular frame on which the tiller traverses. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Sweep \Sweep\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swept}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sweeping}.] [OE. swepen; akin to AS. sw[=a]pan. See {Swoop}, v. i.]
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

              I will sweep it with the besom of destruction.
                                                    --Isa. xiv.
                                                    23. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

              The hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies. --Isa. xxviii. 17. [1913 Webster]

              I have already swept the stakes.      --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     3. To brush against or over; to rub lightly along. [1913 Webster]

              Their long descending train,
              With rubies edged and sapphires, swept the plain.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion. [1913 Webster]

              And like a peacock sweep along his tail. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     5. To strike with a long stroke.
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              Wake into voice each silent string,
              And sweep the sounding lyre.          --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Naut.) To draw or drag something over; as, to sweep the bottom of a river with a net. [1913 Webster]

     7. To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation; as, to sweep the heavens with a telescope. [1913 Webster]

     {To sweep a mold} or {To sweep up a mold} (Founding), to form the sand into a mold by a templet, instead of compressing it around the pattern. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Sweep \Sweep\, v. i.
     1. To clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

     3. To pass over anything comprehensively; to range through with rapidity; as, his eye sweeps through space. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

435 Moby Thesaurus words for "sweep":
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