sweepings

sweeping

[swee-ping]
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:
1470–80; sweep1 + -ing2, -ing1

sweepingly, adverb


1. extensive, broad, comprehensive.
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sweeping (ˈswiːpɪŋ)
 
adj
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
 
'sweepingly
 
adv
 
'sweepingness
 
n

sweepings (ˈswiːpɪŋz)
 
pl n
debris, litter, or refuse

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sweep
c.1300, perhaps from a past tense form of M.E. swope "sweep," from O.E. swapan "to sweep" (transitive & intransitive); see swoop. The noun meaning "range, extent" is attested from 1679; in ref. to police or military actions, it is attested from 1837. Sense of "a winning of
all the tricks in a card game" is from 1814 (see sweepstakes); extended to other sports by 1960. As a shortened form of chimney-sweeper, first attested 1812.
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