sweepy

sweepy

[swee-pee]
adjective, sweepier, sweepiest.

Origin:
1690–1700; sweep1 + -y1

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sweep (swiːp)
 
vb (often foll by away) , sweeps, sweeping, swept
1.  to clean or clear (a space, chimney, etc) with a brush, broom, etc
2.  (often foll by up) to remove or collect (dirt, rubbish, etc) with a brush, broom, etc
3.  to move in a smooth or continuous manner, esp quickly or forcibly: cars swept along the road
4.  to move in a proud or dignified fashion: she swept past
5.  to spread or pass rapidly across, through, or along (a region, area, etc): the news swept through the town
6.  (tr) to direct (the gaze, line of fire, etc) over; survey
7.  (tr; foll by away or off) to overwhelm emotionally: she was swept away by his charm
8.  (tr) to brush or lightly touch (a surface, etc): the dress swept along the ground
9.  to convey, clear, or abolish, esp with strong or continuous movements: the sea swept the sandcastle away; secondary modern schools were swept away
10.  (intr) to extend gracefully or majestically, esp in a wide circle: the plains sweep down to the sea
11.  to search (a body of water) for mines, etc, by dragging
12.  to search (a room, area, etc) electronically to detect spying devices
13.  (tr) to win overwhelmingly, esp in an election: Labour swept the country
14.  cricket to play (a ball) with a sweep
15.  (tr) to propel (a boat) with sweeps
16.  sweep something under the carpet to conceal (something, esp a problem) in the hope that it will be overlooked by others
17.  sweep the board
 a.  (in gambling) to win all the cards or money
 b.  to win every event or prize in a contest
 
n
18.  the act or an instance of sweeping; removal by or as if by a brush or broom
19.  a swift or steady movement, esp in an arc: with a sweep of his arms
20.  the distance, arc, etc, through which something, such as a pendulum, moves
21.  a wide expanse or scope: the sweep of the plains
22.  any curving line or contour
23.  cards
 a.  the winning of every trick in a hand of whist
 b.  the taking, by pairing, of all exposed cards in cassino
24.  short for sweepstake
25.  cricket a shot in which the ball is hit more or less square on the leg side from a half-kneeling position with the bat held nearly horizontal
26.  a.  a long oar used on an open boat
 b.  (Austral) a person steering a surf boat with such an oar
27.  any of the sails of a windmill
28.  electronics a steady horizontal or circular movement of an electron beam across or around the fluorescent screen of a cathode-ray tube
29.  agriculture
 a.  a rakelike attachment for the front of a motor vehicle for pushing hay into piles
 b.  a triangular blade on a cultivator used to cut through roots below the surface of the soil
30.  a curving driveway
31.  chiefly (Brit) See chimney sweep
32.  another name for swipe
33.  clean sweep
 a.  an overwhelming victory or success
 b.  a complete change; purge: to make a clean sweep
 
[C13 swepen; related to Old English swāpan, Old Norse sveipa; see swipe, swoop]
 
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