1. [ verb ] sweep across or over
Synonyms: brush

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

Related terms: move brush
2. [ verb ] move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
Synonyms: sail

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

Related terms: move swan breeze_through pass breeze_through brush
3. [ verb ] sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
Synonyms: broom

"Sweep the crumbs off the table" "Sweep under the bed"

Related terms: wipe sweeping carpet_sweeper
4. [ noun ] a wide scope
Synonyms: expanse

"the sweep of the plains"

Related terms: scope
5. [ verb ] force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
Synonyms: embroil sweep_up drag drag_in tangle

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

Related terms: involve imbroglio
6. [ verb ] to cover or extend over an area or time period
Synonyms: span traverse cross

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

Related terms: cover
7. [ verb ] clean by sweeping

"Please sweep the floor"

Related terms: clean sweeping chimneysweeper
8. [ verb ] win an overwhelming victory in or on

: "Her new show dog swept all championships"

Related terms: win
9. [ verb ] make a big sweeping gesture or movement
Synonyms: swing swing_out
Related terms: wield
10. [ noun ] (bridge) winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
Synonyms: slam
Related terms: victory little_slam grand_slam bridge
11. [ noun ] (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
Synonyms: end_run
Related terms: run American_football
12. [ noun ] (work) someone who cleans soot from chimneys
Synonyms: chimneysweep chimneysweeper
Related terms: cleaner
13. [ verb ] cover the entire range of
Related terms: cover rake
14. [ noun ] (nautical) a long oar used in an open boat
Synonyms: sweep_oar
Related terms: oar
15. [ noun ] a movement in an arc

"a sweep of his arm"

Related terms: motion swing
Similar spelling:   swop