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.

1400–50; late Middle English; see sweep1, -er1

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

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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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Example sentences
Our team was comprised of splendid persons, from a road sweeper to a company
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.
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