sweeping

noun
sweep·ing | \ˈswē-piŋ \

Definition of sweeping 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 sweepings plural : things collected by sweeping : refuse

sweeping

adjective

Definition of sweeping (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : moving or extending in a wide curve or over a wide area

b : having a curving line or form

2a : extensive sweeping reforms

b : marked by wholesale and indiscriminate inclusion sweeping generalities

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Other Words from sweeping

Adjective

sweepingly adverb
sweepingness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for sweeping

Synonyms: Adjective

broad, deep, expansive, extended, extensive, far-flung, far-reaching, rangy, wide, wide-ranging, widespread

Antonyms: Adjective

narrow

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Examples of sweeping in a Sentence

Noun

The porch needs a good sweeping.

Adjective

a sweeping view of the valley He dismissed the idea with a sweeping motion of his arm.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The final goal came from Belgium’s final attack of the game, a sweeping, length-of-the-field surge that ended up with Nacer Chadli tapping into the Japan net. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium Rallies From Two-Goal Deficit to Stun Japan in the World Cup," 2 July 2018 Amid a litany of promises ranging from the hyper specific to the sweeping, NBC News has zeroed in on and evaluated 10. NBC News, "One Year Later, What Trump’s Delivered – and What He Hasn’t," 8 Nov. 2017 The sweeping, 37-page indictment marked the first time the federal government identified specific culprits and included a wealth of information. Washington Post, "Evidence against Russians might never see the light of day," 3 Mar. 2018 Curlers need to have strong core muscles and upper body strength in order to manage the often rigorous sweeping that helps them guide the rock down the ice. Bloomberg.com, "Doping Charge Could Hurt Russia's Chance At Reinstatement," 19 Feb. 2018 Curlers need to have strong core muscles and upper body strength in order to manage the often rigorous sweeping that helps them guide the rock down the ice. Time, "A Russian Curling Medalist Has Been Charged With Doping at the PyeongChang Olympics," 19 Feb. 2018 Curlers need to have strong core muscles and upper body strength in order to manage the often rigorous sweeping that helps them guide the rock down the ice. Kristen Gelineau, Houston Chronicle, "Olympic curling world stunned by Russian doping scandal," 19 Feb. 2018 Curlers need to have strong core muscles and upper body strength in order to manage the often rigorous sweeping that helps them guide the rock down the ice. Bloomberg.com, "Doping Charge Could Hurt Russia's Chance At Reinstatement," 19 Feb. 2018 Curlers need to have strong core muscles and upper body strength in order to manage the often rigorous sweeping that helps them guide the rock down the ice. Time, "A Russian Curling Medalist Has Been Charged With Doping at the PyeongChang Olympics," 19 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The four conservatives argued that protections of U.S. wetlands should be limited while the four liberals called for more sweeping safeguards. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Progress on environment could slow on Supreme Court without Kennedy," 29 June 2018 Canada legalized recreational pot Canadian lawmakers passed sweeping cannabis legislation that legalizes recreational marijuana for use by adults. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "News stories you may have missed during family separations uproar," 22 June 2018 President Trump threw a wrench in Republicans' efforts to pass sweeping immigration legislation soon. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump throws wrench in GOP immigration push, says Republicans are "wasting their time"," 22 June 2018 That investigation, based on interviews with 29 rape survivors, an examination of medical records and testimony from doctors, concluded the rapes of Rohingya women were sweeping and methodical. Washington Post, "Silent pain: Rohingya rape survivors’ babies quietly emerge," 5 July 2018 So Mr Trump seems to have imported a device often used in the private sector, but never before employed in the executive branch: sweeping gag orders covering everything—from secrets to mere gossip—picked up at work. The Economist, "Memo to White House staff: keep talking," 22 Mar. 2018 Five days after the arrest, a judge signed a sweeping gag order in the case. Ajc Homepage, ajc, "Ga. Supreme Court tosses out gag order in Tara Grinstead case," 5 Mar. 2018 Fitting with the song's vibe, the simple, hand-focused choreography featured in the music video shows the members of TWICE performing energetic sweeping-and-slapping gestures in time with the beat. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "TWICE Get Ready to 'Dance the Night Away' in Tropical New Video: Watch," 9 July 2018 Trump is said to prefer such deals to wide-sweeping multilateral agreements. Grace Dobush, Fortune, "The Trump Administration Took Its New Plan to Avoid an EU-U.S. Trade War to a Secret Meeting With German Carmakers," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of sweeping

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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sweeping

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sweeping

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sweeping

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sweeping (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

adjective
sweep·ing | \ˈswē-piŋ\

Kids Definition of sweeping

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sweeping

noun

Kids Definition of sweeping (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 sweepings plural : things collected by sweeping

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