sweep·​er | \ ˈswē-pər How to pronounce sweeper (audio) \

Definition of sweeper

1 : one that sweeps
2 : a lone back in soccer who plays between the line of the defenders and the goal

Examples of sweeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just clip a disposable cloth onto the sweeper and get your cleaning done in no time. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Swiffer Sweeper Floor Mop Starter Kit," 4 May 2020 Saget, who played Danny Tanner, pours Purell into his hands and spreads it on his face, and the handle of a Swiffer sweeper. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "The Full House Cast Redid the Show's Opening Sequence to Encourage Viewers to Stay Home," 9 Apr. 2020 Turn 9 is a pucker-inducing, decreasing radius sweeper entered at 120 mph with a hard stab of the brakes at the end of the back straight. cleveland, "Mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 Stingray shines on and off track," 7 Mar. 2020 Bissell is offering up to 20 percent off cleaning machines, sweepers and supplies. NBC News, "Best ongoing Earth Day sales 2020: Tech, bedding and more," 24 Apr. 2020 Villeneuve is considered the sprawling desert facility’s most technical course — a writhing snake’s nest of kinks, double-apex turns and long sweepers. cleveland, "Mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 Stingray shines on and off track," 7 Mar. 2020 Today, Amazon has plenty of deals and price drops on some of our favorite kitchen items as well as fun homeware items like a new beard trimmer, smart speaker, and outdoor sweeper. 1. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best deals you can get on Amazon right now," 18 Apr. 2018 The roads are a hive of activity: women hoisting buckets of sand, work crews laying down fresh tar, an army of sweepers attacking debris and a new wall going up in front of a slum, apparently to hide it from passers-by. New York Times, "India Set to Stage an Epic Show, With Trump as the Star," 5 Mar. 2020 Arlington Catholic 2, Saint Joseph Prep 2 — A pair of second-half goals from senior sweeper John Palacio helped the host Cougars (1-2-5) avoid defeat. BostonGlobe.com, "The Mustang offense was paced by Aydin Jay (2 goals).," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sweeper

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Sweeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweeper. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sweeper

: a person or machine that sweeps something
soccer : a player whose position is behind other defending players

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