- clean (an area) by brushing away dirt or litter；move or remove (dirt or litter) by sweeping
- an act of sweeping something with a brush；short for chimney sweep
verb: sweep, 3rd person present: sweeps, gerund or present participle: sweeping, past tense: swept, past participle: swept
noun: sweep, plural noun: sweeps
- 1. clean (an area) by brushing away dirt or litter I've swept the floor 同義詞
- ▪ move or remove (dirt or litter) by sweeping she swept the tea leaves into a dustpan 同義詞
- ▪ move or push (someone or something) with great force I was swept along by the crowd the party was swept from power 同義詞
- ▪ brush (hair) back from one's face or upward long hair swept up into a high chignon
- 2. move swiftly and smoothly a large black car swept past the open windows a wave of sympathy swept over him 同義詞
- ▪ cause to move swiftly and smoothly he swept his hand around the room
- ▪ (of a person) move in a confident and stately manner she swept magnificently from the hall 同義詞
- ▪ affect (an area or place) swiftly and widely the rebellion had swept through all four of the country's provinces violence swept the country 同義詞
- ▪ (of a geographical or natural feature) extend continuously in a particular direction, especially in a curve green forests swept down the hillsides
- ▪ North American win all the games in (a series); take each of the winning or main places in (a contest or event) we knew we had to sweep these three home games
- 3. search (an area) for something the detective swept the room for hair and fingerprints 同義詞
- ▪ examine (a place or object) for electronic listening devices the line is swept every fifteen minutes
- ▪ cover (an entire area) with a gun they were trying to get the Lewis gun up behind some trees from where they would sweep the trench
- 1. an act of sweeping something with a brush I was giving the floor a quick sweep
- ▪ short for chimney sweep
- 2. a long, swift curving movement a grandiose sweep of his hand 同義詞
- ▪ the movement of a beam across the screen of a cathode ray tube.
- 3. a procedure for inducing labor in a pregnant woman, in which a medical practitioner moves a finger around within the opening of the cervix to detach the amniotic membranes I went in for a sweep at 41 weeks she asked if I wanted a membrane sweep to get labor going
- 4. a comprehensive search or survey of a place or area the police finished their sweep through the woods 同義詞
- ▪ North American a survey of the ratings of broadcast stations, carried out at regular intervals to determine advertising rates.
- 5. a long, typically curved stretch of road, river, or land we could see a wide sweep of country perhaps a hundred miles across 同義詞
- ▪ a curved part of a driveway in front of a building one fork of the driveway continued on to the gravel sweep 同義詞
- ▪ the range or scope of something the whole sweep of the history of the USSR 同義詞
- 6. informal a sweepstake.
- 7. North American an instance of winning every event, award, or place in a contest a World Series sweep
- 8. a long, heavy oar used to row a barge or other vessel a big, heavy sweep oar
- 9. a sail of a windmill.
- 10. a long pole mounted as a lever for raising buckets from a well.