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

Full Definition of SWEEPING

:  the act or action of one that sweeps <gave the room a good sweeping>
plural :  things collected by sweeping :  refuse

Examples of SWEEPING

  1. The porch needs a good sweeping.

First Known Use of SWEEPING

14th century



: 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

a :  moving or extending in a wide curve or over a wide area
b :  having a curving line or form
a :  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.

First Known Use of SWEEPING



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