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SWOOP

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does swoop mean? 

SWOOP (noun)
  The noun SWOOP has 3 senses:

1. (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale
2. a very rapid raid
3. a swift descent through the air

  Familiarity information: SWOOP used as a noun is uncommon.


SWOOP (verb)
  The verb SWOOP has 3 senses:

1. move down on as if in an attack
2. move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc
3. seize or catch with a swooping motion

  Familiarity information: SWOOP used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SWOOP (noun)


Sense 1swoop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

swoop; slide

Context example:

the violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides

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

glissando (a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale)

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)


Sense 2swoop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A very rapid raid

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

foray; maraud; raid (a sudden short attack)


Sense 3swoop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A swift descent through the air

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

descent (the act of changing your location in a downward direction)


SWOOP (verb)


Sense 1swoop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move down on as if in an attack

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

pounce; swoop

Context examples:

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

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

come down; descend; fall; go down (move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way)

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

stoop (descend swiftly, as if on prey)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 2swoop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

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

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

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 3swoop [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Seize or catch with a swooping motion

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

swoop up; swoop

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

snap; snatch; snatch up (to grasp hastily or eagerly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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