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sweeping

noun

Simple Definition of sweeping

  • : an act of cleaning an area with a broom or brush

Full Definition of sweeping

  1. 1 :  the act or action of one that sweeps <gave the room a good sweeping>

  2. 2 plural :  things collected by sweeping :  refuse

Examples of sweeping

  1. The porch needs a good sweeping.



14th Century

First Known Use of sweeping

14th century


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sweeping

adjective

Simple Definition of sweeping

  • : including or involving many things : wide in range or amount

  • : too general : including or involving too many things or people

  • : having a curving form : forming a curve

Full Definition of sweeping

  1. 1a :  moving or extending in a wide curve or over a wide areab :  having a curving line or form

  2. 2a :  extensive <sweeping reforms>b :  marked by wholesale and indiscriminate inclusion <sweeping generalities>

sweep·ing·ly adverb
sweep·ing·ness noun

Examples of sweeping

  1. a sweeping view of the valley

  2. He dismissed the idea with a sweeping motion of his arm.



1573

First Known Use of sweeping

1573




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