Associations to the word «Sweep»


SWEEP, verb. (transitive) To clean (a surface) by means of a stroking motion of a broom or brush.
SWEEP, verb. (intransitive) To move through an (horizontal) arc or similar long stroke.
SWEEP, verb. (transitive) To search (a place) methodically.
SWEEP, verb. (intransitive) (figuratively) To travel quickly.
SWEEP, verb. (cricket) To play a sweep shot.
SWEEP, verb. (curling) To brush the ice in front of a moving stone, causing it to travel farther and to curl less.
SWEEP, verb. (transitive) (ergative) To move something in a particular motion, as a broom.
SWEEP, verb. (sports) (transitive) To win (a series) without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.
SWEEP, verb. (sports) (transitive) To defeat (a team) in a series without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.
SWEEP, verb. (transitive) To remove something abruptly and thoroughly.
SWEEP, verb. To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.
SWEEP, verb. To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion.
SWEEP, verb. To strike with a long stroke.
SWEEP, verb. (nautical) To draw or drag something over.
SWEEP, verb. To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation.
SWEEP, noun. The person who steers a dragon boat.
SWEEP, noun. A person who stands at the stern of a surf boat, steering with a steering oar and commanding the crew.
SWEEP, noun. A chimney sweep.
SWEEP, noun. A search (typically for bugs [electronic listening devices]).
SWEEP, noun. (cricket) A batsman's shot, played from a kneeling position with a swinging horizontal bat.
SWEEP, noun. A lottery, usually on the results of a sporting event, where players win if their randomly chosen team wins.
SWEEP, noun. A flow of water parallel to shore caused by wave action at an ocean beach or at a point or headland.
SWEEP, noun. A single action of sweeping.
SWEEP, noun. Violent and general destruction.
SWEEP, noun. (metalworking) A movable templet for making moulds, in loam moulding.
SWEEP, noun. (card games) In the game casino, the act of capturing all face-up cards from the table.
SWEEP, noun. The compass of any turning body or of any motion.
SWEEP, noun. Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, etc. away from a rectilinear line.
SWEEP, noun. A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them.
SWEEP, noun. (refining) (obsolete) The almond furnace.
SWEEP, noun. 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.
SWEEP, noun. (in the plural) The sweepings of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc.
SWEEP ASIDE, verb. To push or brush to the side
SWEEP ASIDE, verb. (idiomatic) To overcome an obstacle with little effort.
SWEEP ASIDE, verb. (idiomatic) To ignore, brush off.
SWEEP AWAY, verb. (transitive) To remove something by, or as if by, sweeping.
SWEEP AWAY, verb. (idiomatic) (transitive) To overwhelm someone emotionally; sweep someone off their feet.
SWEEP AWAY, verb. (idiomatic) (transitive) to completely destroy, to annihilate
SWEEP OUT, verb. (transitive) to remove by sweeping or brushing.
SWEEP OUT, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) to remove someone outside of a place (where they are not wanted)
SWEEP SAW, noun. A bow saw.
SWEEP SAWS, noun. Plural of sweep saw
SWEEP SOMEONE OFF THEIR FEET, verb. (idiomatic) To seduce someone romantically.
SWEEP SOMETHING UNDER THE CARPET, verb. Alternative form of sweep something under the rug
SWEEP SOMETHING UNDER THE RUG, verb. (idiomatic) To conceal a problem expediently, rather than remedy it thoroughly.
SWEEP THE BOARD, verb. (idiom) To win all the prizes in a competition.
SWEEP THE BOARD, verb. (idiom) To get enough votes in an election to gain all the seats.
SWEEP THE DECK, verb. (card games) To clear off all the stakes on the table by winning them.
SWEEP UP, verb. (ambitransitive) To clean by sweeping.
SWEEP UP, verb. (transitive) to transport to shore by waves.
SWEEP UP, verb. (intransitive) to overwhelm

Dictionary definition

SWEEP, noun. A wide scope; "the sweep of the plains".
SWEEP, noun. Someone who cleans soot from chimneys.
SWEEP, noun. Winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge.
SWEEP, noun. A long oar used in an open boat.
SWEEP, noun. (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line.
SWEEP, noun. A movement in an arc; "a sweep of his arm".
SWEEP, verb. Sweep across or over; "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience".
SWEEP, verb. Move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions; "The diva swept into the room"; "Shreds of paper sailed through the air"; "The searchlights swept across the sky".
SWEEP, verb. Sweep with a broom or as if with a broom; "Sweep the crumbs off the table"; "Sweep under the bed".
SWEEP, verb. Force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action; "They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business".
SWEEP, verb. To cover or extend over an area or time period; "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"; "The novel spans three centuries".
SWEEP, verb. Clean by sweeping; "Please sweep the floor".
SWEEP, verb. Win an overwhelming victory in or on; "Her new show dog swept all championships".
SWEEP, verb. Cover the entire range of.
SWEEP, verb. Make a big sweeping gesture or movement.

Wise words

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.
Kahlil Gibran