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sweeping

noun sweep·ing \ ˈswē-piŋ \
|Updated on: 17 Aug 2018

Definition of sweeping

1 : the act or action of one that sweeps
  • gave the room a good sweeping
2 sweepings plural : things collected by sweeping : refuse

Examples of sweeping in a Sentence

  1. The porch needs a good sweeping.

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First Known Use of sweeping

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sweeping

adjective

Definition of sweeping

1 a : moving or extending in a wide curve or over a wide area
b : having a curving line or form
2 a : extensive
  • sweeping reforms
b : marked by wholesale and indiscriminate inclusion
  • sweeping generalities

sweepingly

adverb

sweepingness

noun

Examples of sweeping in a Sentence

  1. a sweeping view of the valley

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

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First Known Use of sweeping

1573

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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SWEEPING Defined for English Language Learners

sweeping

Definition of sweeping for English Language Learners

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


sweeping

Definition of sweeping for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SWEEPING Defined for Kids

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sweeping

adjective sweep·ing \ ˈswē-piŋ \

Definition of sweeping for Students

1 : moving or extending in a wide curve or over a wide area
  • a sweeping driveway
  • Jason dodged the sweeping blade.
  • —Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat
2 : extensive
  • sweeping changes

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sweeping

noun

Definition of sweeping for Students

1 : an act of cleaning an area with a broom or brush
2 sweepings plural : things collected by sweeping


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