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SWEEP (swept)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sweep mean? 

SWEEP (noun)
  The noun SWEEP has 6 senses:

1. a wide scope
2. someone who cleans soot from chimneys
3. winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
4. a long oar used in an open boat
5. (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
6. a movement in an arc

  Familiarity information: SWEEP used as a noun is common.


SWEEP (verb)
  The verb SWEEP has 9 senses:

1. sweep across or over
2. move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
3. sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
4. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
5. to cover or extend over an area or time period
6. clean by sweeping
7. win an overwhelming victory in or on
8. cover the entire range of
9. make a big sweeping gesture or movement

  Familiarity information: SWEEP used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


SWEEP (noun)


Sense 1sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A wide scope

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

expanse; sweep

Context example:

the sweep of the plains

Hypernyms ("sweep" is a kind of...):

ambit; compass; orbit; range; reach; scope (an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:)


Sense 2sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who cleans soot from chimneys

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

chimneysweep; chimneysweeper; sweep

Hypernyms ("sweep" is a kind of...):

cleaner (someone whose occupation is cleaning)


Sense 3sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

slam; sweep

Hypernyms ("sweep" is a kind of...):

triumph; victory (a successful ending of a struggle or contest)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sweep"):

grand slam (winning all of the tricks in a hand of bridge)

little slam; small slam (winning all but one of the tricks in a hand of bridge)

Holonyms ("sweep" is a part of...):

bridge (any of various card games based on whist for four players)


Sense 4sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A long oar used in an open boat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

sweep oar; sweep

Hypernyms ("sweep" is a kind of...):

oar (an implement used to propel or steer a boat)


Sense 5sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

end run; sweep

Hypernyms ("sweep" is a kind of...):

run; running; running game; running play ((American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team)

Domain category:

American football; American football game (a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays)


Sense 6sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A movement in an arc

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

a sweep of his arm

Hypernyms ("sweep" is a kind of...):

motility; motion; move; movement (a change of position that does not entail a change of location)


SWEEP (verb)


Sense 1sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sweep across or over

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

sweep; brush

Context examples:

Her long skirt brushed the floor / A gasp swept cross the audience

Hypernyms (to "sweep" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

sail; sweep

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "sweep" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sweep"):

swan (sweep majestically)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Also:

sweep through (succeed at easily)


Sense 3sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sweep with a broom or as if with a broom

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

broom; sweep

Context examples:

Sweep the crumbs off the table / Sweep under the bed

Hypernyms (to "sweep" is one way to...):

pass over; wipe (rub with a circular motion)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

tangle; embroil; drag in; sweep up; drag; sweep

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "sweep" is one way to...):

involve (engage as a participant)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 5sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To cover or extend over an area or time period

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

span; traverse; cross; sweep

Context examples:

Rivers traverse the valley floor / The parking lot spans 3 acres / The novel spans three centuries

Hypernyms (to "sweep" is one way to...):

continue; cover; extend (span an interval of distance, space or time)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 6sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clean by sweeping

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

Please sweep the floor

Hypernyms (to "sweep" is one way to...):

clean; make clean (make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 7sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Win an overwhelming victory in or on

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context example:

Her new show dog swept all championships

Hypernyms (to "sweep" is one way to...):

win (be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 8sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover the entire range of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Hypernyms (to "sweep" is one way to...):

continue; cover; extend (span an interval of distance, space or time)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sweep"):

rake (sweep the length of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 9sweep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a big sweeping gesture or movement

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

swing out; swing; sweep

Hypernyms (to "sweep" is one way to...):

handle; wield (handle effectively)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


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