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sweeping

[swee-ping] /ˈswi pɪŋ/
adjective
1.
of wide range or scope.
2.
moving or passing about over a wide area:
a sweeping glance.
3.
moving, driving, or passing steadily and forcibly on.
4.
(of the outcome of a contest) decisive; overwhelming; complete:
a sweeping victory.
noun
5.
the act of a person or thing that sweeps.
6.
sweepings, matter swept out or up, as dust, refuse, etc.
Origin of sweeping
1470-1480
1470-80; sweep1 + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
sweepingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. extensive, broad, comprehensive.
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Historical Examples
  • Bundles of variegated rags lay against the walls, as if they were sweepings.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • On the Christian fleet they were the sweepings of the jails.

  • The Master said, "I shall learn the amount of the labour done by each from the size of his bundle of sweepings."

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings Krishna das Kaviraja
  • It was a mixed team he got together, the sweepings of the streets.

  • The sweepings went under the Bed, so as not to litter up the Hallway.

    People You Know George Ade
  • The owner of the works has the sweepings by right from the owner of the ore.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • We saw afterwards by its tracks that it had inspected all the heaps of sweepings round the ship.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • The road-contractors supplied "sweepings" at a shilling a load.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • The sweepings and refuse of Western civilization and Western morality are dumped out upon the Orient, where they do not show.

    Peking Dust Ellen N. La Motte
  • And so, had all in the crowd been what he termed them, the rabble and sweepings of the streets, it would have been.

    Count Hannibal Stanley J. Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for sweepings

sweepings

/ˈswiːpɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
debris, litter, or refuse

sweeping

/ˈswiːpɪŋ/
adjective
1.
comprehensive and wide-ranging: sweeping reforms
2.
indiscriminate or without reservations: sweeping statements
3.
decisive or overwhelming: a sweeping victory
4.
taking in a wide area: a sweeping glance
5.
driving steadily onwards, esp over a large area: a sweeping attack
Derived Forms
sweepingly, adverb
sweepingness, noun
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