a man sweeping (1)



  • To clean (a surface) by means of a stroking motion of a broom or brush.
  • To move through a (horizontal) arc or similar long stroke.
  • To search (a place) methodically.
  • To travel quickly.
  • To play a sweep shot.
  • To brush the ice in front of a moving stone, causing it to travel farther and to curl less.
  • To move something in a long sweeping motion, as a broom.
  • To win (a series) without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.
  • To defeat (a team) in a series without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.
  • To remove something abruptly and thoroughly.
  • To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.
  • To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion.
  • To strike with a long stroke.
  • To row with one oar to either the port or starboard side.
  • To draw or drag something over.
  • To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation.
  • to vacuum a carpet or rug


  • A single action of sweeping.
  • The person who steers a dragon boat.
  • A person who stands at the stern of a surf boat, steering with a steering oar and commanding the crew.
  • A chimney sweep.
  • A methodical search, typically for bugs .
  • A batsman's shot, played from a kneeling position with a swinging horizontal bat.
  • A lottery, usually on the results of a sporting event, where players win if their randomly chosen team wins.
  • A flow of water parallel to shore caused by wave action at an ocean beach or at a point or headland.
  • A throw or takedown that primarily uses the legs to attack an opponent's legs.
  • Violent and general destruction.
  • A movable template for making moulds, in loam moulding.
  • In the game casino, the act of capturing all face-up cards from the table.
  • The compass of any turning body or of any motion.
  • Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, etc. away from a rectilinear line.
  • A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them.
  • A rowing style in which each rower rows with oar on either the port or starboard side.
  • The almond furnace.
  • 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.
  • Any of the blades of a windmill.
  • The sweepings of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc.
  • Any of several sea chubs in the family Kyphosidae (subfamily Scorpidinae (subfamily)).
  • An expanse or a swath, a strip of land.


  • From Middle English swepen, from Proto-West Germanic *swaipijan (unattested in Old English), from Proto-Germanic *swaipijanÄ…. Cognate with Early Modern West Frisian swiepe, from Old Frisian swÄ“pa, suepa. See also swoop.

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