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Dictionary definition for: Sweep

1. (n) a wide scope; "the sweep of the plains"

2. (v) sweep across or over; "Her long skirt brushed the floor" "A gasp swept cross the audience"

3. (n) someone who cleans soot from chimneys

4. (v) 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"

5. (n) winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge

6. (v) sweep with a broom or as if with a broom; "Sweep the crumbs off the table" "Sweep under the bed"

7. (n) a long oar used in an open boat

8. (v) 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"

9. (n) (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line

10. (v) 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"

11. (n) a movement in an arc; "a sweep of his arm"

12. (v) clean by sweeping; "Please sweep the floor"

13. (v) win an overwhelming victory in or on; "Her new show dog swept all championships"

14. (v) cover the entire range of

15. (v) make a big sweeping gesture or movement

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