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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun sweep:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb sweep:

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The word sweep is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun sweep

What does sweep mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sweeps

  1. a wide scope
    • example: the sweep of the plains
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of sweep: expanse
    • more generic words: ambit / compass / orbit / range / reach / scope = an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
  2. someone who cleans soot from chimneys
  3. winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of sweep: slam
    • more generic words: triumph / victory = a successful ending of a struggle or contest
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: bridge = any of various card games based on whist for four players
  4. a long oar used in an open boat
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of sweep: sweep oar
    • more generic word: oar = an implement used to propel or steer a boat
  5. (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
  6. a movement in an arc
    • example: a sweep of his arm
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: motility / motion / move / movement = a change of position that does not entail a change of location

Alternative definition of the noun sweep

noun

  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.
  7. A flow of water parallel to shore caused by wave action at an ocean beach or at a point or headland.
  8. A single action of sweeping.

Specialised definition of the noun sweep

Glossary of sports / canoeing

a stroke on which the blade moves through the water in a wide curve, thus helping to steer as well as propelling the vessel

Glossary of sports / cricket

a stroke in which the batsman goes down on one knee to play the ball to the leg side with a horizontal bat (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / martial arts

a method of bringing an opponent down by knocking one of his legs out of its stance and then throwing him off balance

Glossary of sports / rowing

the oar used in a sweep-oared boat

Definition of the verb sweep

What does sweep mean as a doing word?

Sweep is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
sweptsweptsweepingsweeps

  1. sweep across or over
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of sweep: brush
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
  3. sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
    • examples: Sweep the crumbs off the table | Sweep under the bed
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I put the book here/there | I spooned the sauce thereVerbs of Putting: bang, dump, funnel, hammer, pound, push, ram, shake, squeeze, wedge
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] between / in between [Destination, plural]He wedged the diamond between shifting dunes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] into / onto [Destination]I funneled the mixture into the bottle
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] into [Destination]The company is wedging into new markets
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Source]Brian wiped at the counterVerbs of Removing: bail, dab, dust, erase, lick, pluck, prune, rinse, rub, scour, scrape, scratch, scrub, squeeze, strip, suck, suction, swab, wash, wear, wipe
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Barry Cryer erased the writing
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of sweep: broom
    • more generic terms: pass over / wipe = rub with a circular motion
  4. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
  5. to cover or extend over an area or time period
  6. clean by sweeping
    • example: Please sweep the floor
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Source]Brian wiped at the counter
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Barry Cryer erased the writing
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): bail, dab, dust, erase, lick, pluck, prune, rinse, rub, scour, scrape, scratch, scrub, squeeze, strip, suck, suction, swab, wash, wear, wipe.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: clean / make clean = make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
  7. win an overwhelming victory in or on
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: win = be the winner in a contest or competition
  8. cover the entire range of
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: continue / cover / extend = span an interval of distance, space or time
    • more specific word: rake = sweep the length of
  9. make a big sweeping gesture or movement

Alternative definition of the verb sweep

verb

  1. [transitive] To clean (a surface) by means of a stroking motion of a broom or brush.
  2. [intransitive] To move through an (horizontal) arc or similar long stroke.
  3. [transitive] To search (a place) methodically.
  4. [intransitive, figuratively] To travel quickly.
  5. [cricket] To play a sweep shot.
  6. [curling] To brush the ice in front of a moving stone, causing it to travel farther and to curl less.
  7. [transitive, ergative] To move something in a particular motion, as a broom
  8. [sports, transitive] To win (a series) without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.
  9. [sports, transitive] To defeat (a team) in a series without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.

Specialised definition of the verb sweep

Glossary of sports / cricket

to hit a ball from a half-kneeling position by bringing the bat, held almost horizontally, across the body with a long smooth stroke (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Characters

  1. Sweep is a British puppet and TV character popular in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and other countries.
  2. Sweep is a fictional character from the 1997 film Nattbuss 807.
  3. Sweep: The Sweeps are the names of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. They are often depicted as Heralds of Unicron.
    • also known as Sweeps
  4. Sweep is a fictional character from the 2001 film Money Is Not Everything.
  5. Sweep is a fictional character from the 2008 film Come Hell or High Water.

There are other characters with in their name, like Clean Sweep, Chimney sweep, Chimney-Sweep and The Chimney Sweep.

Writings

"Sweep" is a book by Cy K. Jones.

Music

"Sweep" is a musical album of Vapourspace.

  • released in (18 years ago)

Group

Sweep is a musical group.

  • albums: "Two Players", "Miss You", "Sweepeepee"

Animal

Sweep was an American Thoroughbred racehorse.

  • born in (108 years ago), child of Ben Brush

Miscellanea

  1. Sweep: A sweep is the name used for two categories of martial arts techniques. From standing, sweeps are throws or takedowns that primarily use the legs to attack an opponent's legs. On the ground, sweeps are techniques for reversing a grappling position.
  2. Sweep is a digital audio editor and live playback tool for Linux, BSD and compatible systems. It is able to handle many sound formats, including MP3, WAV and Vorbis. Originally developed with the support of Pixar, the most notable feature of Sweep is its stylus-like cursor tool called Scrubby.
  3. Sweep: A sweep is a running play in American football where the running back takes a pitch or handoff from the quarterback and starts running parallel to the line of scrimmage, allowing for the offensive linemen and fullback to get in front of him to block defenders before he turns upfield.
  4. SWEEP: The Soil and Water Environmental Enhancement Program, or SWEEP, was a Canadian agricultural program administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and carried out by the province of Ontario. Designed to examine the effects of tillage on many types of soil, the program ran from 1986 through 1988.
  5. Sweep: In group motorcycle riding, the sweep is the rider last in line whose job is to ensure everyone else in the group ride arrives at the destination safely. The sweep is often the person with the most experience, not always the fastest, but certainly with a reliable motorcycle who is not going to be the person who breaks down or has a crash themselves. Having at least a basic amount of mechanical experience and tools is a plus, so field repairs may be made if necessary.
  6. The SWEEP learning programme was an innovative project that aimed to engage individuals in key issues relating to waste management and sustainability.
  7. Sweep is a cricket batting stroke.

Phrases with Sweep

Phrases starting with the word Sweep:

  1. sweep up
  2. sweep oar
  3. sweep off
  4. Sweep Out
  5. sweep away
  6. sweep hand
  7. sweep over
  8. Sweep Aside
  9. sweep-second
  10. sweep through
  11. Sweep the Board
  12. sweep under the rug

Phrases ending with the word Sweep:

  1. Foot sweep
  2. Slog-Sweep
  3. Clean Sweep
  4. Chimney sweep
  5. Reverse Sweep
  6. Mark and Sweep

Other phrases containing the word Sweep:

  1. to sweep off
  2. to sweep through

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sweep

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Google previewA Documentary History of Communism in Russia (2001)

From Lenin to Gorbachev by Robert V. Daniels

The Russian revolutionary sweep is an antidote to inertness, routine, conservatism, mental stagnation and slavish submission to ancestral traditions. The Russian revolutionary sweep is the lifegiving force which stimulates thought, impels ...

Google previewThe Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (2005)

by Professor of Russian and Foreign Policy Richard Sakwa, Richard Sakwa

Russian revolutionary sweep is an antidote to inertia, routine, conservatism, mental stagnation and slavish submission to ancestral traditions. Russian revolutionary sweep is the life-giving force which stimulates thought, impels things forward, ...

Google previewHandbook of Computational Molecular Biology (2005)

by Srinivas Aluru

The first sweep is the original LBFS algorithm in which there is an arbitrary choice made when nodes are tied. The next two sweeps...

showed that the ordering produced by the final sweep is a node ordering (as defined in the ...

Google previewWorld Conference on Emerging Technologies in the Fats and Oils Industry (1986)

Proceedings by A. R. Baldwin

An air sweep is a continuous forced ...

Google previewEmerging Trends in Visual Computing (2009)

LIX Fall Colloquium, ETVC 2008, Palaiseau, France, November 18-20, 2008, Revised Selected and Invited Papers by Frank Nielsen

A depth discontinuity sweep is a surface in dual space composed of the time- dependent family of depth discontinuity curves span as the camera pose describes a curved path in 3D space. Only part of this surface, which includes silhouettes, ...

Google previewClassic Heathkit Electronic Test Equipment (2013)

by Jeff Tranter

The term sweep refers to the radio frequency output that changes or sweeps over a range of frequencies. The generator can also produce markers, which ...

Google previewAnd Then There Were Gnomes (2010)

by Colleen A. F. Venable

Being a chimney sweep is a very old job. Before Chinchillas vs. Chimney Sweeps houses had radiators and central heating, people had to build fires to stay toasty. Fires make soot, and breathing in soot is bad for you. Chinchilla dust, on the ...

Google previewNew Horizons in Geometry (2012)

by Tom M. Apostol, Mamikon Mnatsakanian

To find this without calculus, simply note that the tractrix is a particular case of the “bicyclix,” whose tangent sweep is a circular sector of radius k. The full area is that of a quarter of a circular disk, or Whig/4. All these examples with tangents of ...

Google preview#02 And Then There Were Gnomes (2010)

by Colleen AF Venable

Being a chimney sweep is a very old job. Before houses had radiators and central heating, people had to build fires to stay toasty. Fires make soot, and breathing in soot is bad for you. Chinchilla dust, on the other hand, is great for them!

Google previewDreamer's Dictionary (2001)

by Garuda

Seeing a chimney sweep at work: good luck, and a promise that your private and professional life will change for the better. Running into a chimney sweep and getting soot on your clothes: your love affair won't remain a secret any longer.

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

swayed see suede sweep If you are a sweep, you have the job of seeing that people's chimneys are kept ...

Google previewEtymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of Difficult Words (1882)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Sweep, one who ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of GIS (2007)

by Shashi Shekhar, Hui Xiong

Plane Sweep Algorithm, Figure 4 Third iteration of the algorithm Every time the sweep line stops, all inactive rectangles are removed, we test for intersection with the new rectangle, and we add the new rectangle to the active list. A data ...

Google previewThe Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio (2011)

by Christopher H. Sterling, Cary O'Dell

Music Scheduling A sweep describes any lengthy and uninterrupted (meaning commercial- and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of New Year's Holidays Worldwide (2014)

by William D. Crump

Over the centuries, the sweep became a general symbol of good luck, including that for the New Year, among the British, Europeans, and Americans of European heritage. Despite romantic depictions in motion pictures such as Mary Poppins, ...

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Sign language

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Quotes about Sweep

Sweep before your own door first before you sweep before the doorsteps of your neighbors.
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Scrabble value of S1W4E1E1P3

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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