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[swee-per] /ˈswi pər/
a person or thing that sweeps.
a janitor.
any of several fishes of the family Pempherididae, of tropical and warm, temperate seas, having an oblong, compressed body.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see sweep1, -er1 Unabridged
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  • Our team was comprised of splendid persons, from a road sweeper to a company director.
  • Jumping up, she fetched the carpet sweeper and a duster from the kitchen, and set to work with feverish energy.
  • As they excavate the moon, astronauts can count on being enveloped in clouds of dust, especially if they use a sweeper.
  • He was a sprinter on the track team and a sweeper back in soccer.
  • The control site will be swept once per week with a broom sweeper.
British Dictionary definitions for sweeper


a person employed to sweep, such as a roadsweeper
any device for sweeping: a carpet sweeper
(informal, soccer) a player who supports the main defenders, as by intercepting loose balls, etc
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Encyclopedia Article for sweeper

any of the fishes of the genera Parapriaeanthus or Pempheris, in the family Pempheridae (order Perciformes), all of which occur in marine or brackish waters in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans. Sweepers have elongate-oval, compressed bodies with well-developed fins and tail. The eyes are unusually large. A few species have luminescent organs along the body. The glassy sweeper (Pempheris schomburgki) of the western Atlantic is the only representative along the North American coasts. No species occur in the eastern Atlantic.

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