follow Dictionary.com

It’s about time. We are now on Instagram!

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
1470-1480
1470-80; sweep1 + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
sweepingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. extensive, broad, comprehensive.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for sweeping

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for sweepings

15
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with sweepings