Definition for SWEEP

SWEEP, v.i.

  1. To pass with swiftness and violence, as something broad or brushing the surface of any thing; a sweeping rain; a sweeping flood. A fowl that flies near the surface of land or water, is said to sweep along near the surface.
  2. To pass over or brush along with celerity and force; as, the wind sweeps along the plain.
  3. To pass with pomp; as, a person sweeps along with a trail. She sweeps it through the court with troops of ladies. – Shak.
  4. To move with a long reach; as, a sweeping stroke. – Dryden.

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