- sweep [swēp]vt.swept, sweeping [ME swepen, akin to (or ? altered <) OE swapan: see SWOOP]1. to clear or clean (a surface, room, etc.) as by brushing with a broom2. to remove or clear away (dirt, debris, etc.) as with a broom or brushing movement3. to clear (a space, path, etc.) with or as with a broom4. to strip, clear, carry away, remove, or destroy with a forceful movement or movements5. to move or carry along with a sweeping movement [to sweep one's hand through one's hair]6. to touch or brush in moving across [hands sweeping the keyboard]7. to pass swiftly over or across; traverse, as in search [searchlights sweeping the sky]8. to direct (the eyes, a glance, etc.) over something swiftly9.a) to drag (a river, pond, etc.) with a net, grapple, etc.b) to clear (the sea, etc.) with a mine sweeper10. to direct gunfire along; rake11.a) to win all the games or events of (a series, set, or match)b) to win overwhelmingly [to sweep an election]vi.1. to clean a surface, room, etc. with or as with a broom or the like2. to move, pass, or progress steadily or smoothly, esp. with speed, force, or gracefulness [planes sweeping across the sky, music sweeping to a climax]3. to trail, as skirts or the train of a gown4. to reach or extend in a long, graceful curve or line [a road sweeping up the hill]n.1. the act of sweeping, as with a broom2.a) a continuous sweeping or driving movement [the sweep of a scythe]b) a stroke or blow resulting from this3. a trailing, as of skirts4. range or scope [within the sweep of their guns]5. extent or range; stretch; reach [a long sweep of meadow]6. a line, contour, curve, etc. that gives an impression of flow or movement7. a person whose work is sweeping; specif., CHIMNEY SWEEP8. [usually pl.] things swept up; sweepings9.a) the taking or winning of all; complete victory or success, as in a series of contestsb) in casino, the taking of all the cards on the board, by pairing or combiningc) in whist, the winning of all the tricks in one deal10. a long oar11. a long pole mounted on a pivot, with a bucket at one end, used for raising water, as from a well☆ 12. a blade or plow-point of various widths, used in the shallow cultivation of row crops13. a sail of a windmill14. short for SWEEPSTAKES15. Electronics one transit of an electron beam across the screen of a cathode-ray tube, moving either horizontally from line to line, as in a picture tube, or circularly around a center point, as in a radarscope16. Football a play in which the ball carrier runs a relatively long way toward a sideline before turning toward the line of scrimmage17. [usually pl.] Radio TV Informala) a national rating survey of local stations for determining advertising ratesb) the period during which the survey is conducted
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.