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Definitions of sweeping

  1. Carrying off, or clearing away, as with a broom or by force; as, a sweeping wind; carrying all before it; as, a sweeping triumph; inclusive; comprehensive; as, a sweeping assertion. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. the act of cleaning with a broom Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. having broad range or effect; "had extensive press coverage"; "far-reaching changes in the social structure"; "sweeping reforms" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination; "a sweeping glance"; "a wide-sweeping view of the river" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. moving in a wide curve; "sweeping strokes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. ignoring distinctions; "sweeping generalizations"; "wholesale destruction" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. Cleaning off surfaces, or cleaning away dust, dirt, or litter, as a broom does; moving with swiftness and force; carrying everything before it; including in its scope many persons or things; as, a sweeping flood; a sweeping majority; a sweeping accusation. Newage Dictionary DB

Usage examples for sweeping

  1. He opened it a few inches, and a current of strong fresh air came sweeping in. – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. At this she understood, supplied me with what I wanted, and led me to the door, whence she pointed to the left, and then seemed by a sweeping motion of the hand to indicate a turning to the right. – In Direst Peril by David Christie Murray