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sweep

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Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.
Mahatma Gandhi
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Pronunciation

Etymology

From Old English swāpan; see also swoop.

Verb

Infinitive
to sweep

Third person singular
sweeps

Simple past
swept

Past participle
-

Present participle
sweeping

to sweep (third-person singular simple present sweeps, present participle sweeping, simple past and past participle swept)
  1. (transitive) To clean (a floor, etc) using a broom or brush.
  2. (intransitive) To move through an (horizontal) arc or similar long stroke.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 236d.
      has the course of the argument so accustomed you to agreeing that you were swept by it into a ready assent?
  3. (transitive) To search (a place) methodically.
  4. (cricket) To play a sweep shot.
  5. (curling) To brush the ice in front of a moving stone, causing it to travel farther and to curl less.
  6. (transitive) (ergative) To move something in a particular motion, as a broom

Derived terms

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Noun

Singular
sweep

Plural
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  1. The person who steers a dragon boat.
  2. A person who stands at the stern of a surf boat, steering with a steering oar and commanding the crew.
  3. A chimney sweep.
  4. A search (typically for bugs [electronic listening devices]).
  5. (cricket) A batsman's shot, played from a kneeling position with a swinging horizontal bat.
  6. A lottery, usually on the results of a sporting event, where players win if their randomly chosen team wins.
    Jim will win fifty dollars in the office sweep if Japan wins the World Cup.
  7. A flow of water parallel to shore caused by wave action at an ocean beach or at a point or headland.

Derived terms

Translations

chimney sweep See chimney sweep

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