: slanted backward

Examples of swept in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What is happening with those exaggerated speed lines over the swept, swollen fenders? Dan Neil, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2024 Most doormats can be vacuumed, shaken, swept, or hosed off, although some can also be spot cleaned or even washed in the washing machine. Lee Alisha Williams, Southern Living, 6 July 2023 Lily Collins did her part to convince the masses that bangs are always a good idea, as elsewhere, Lizzo’s curled and swept updo played well with pink talons and rosy lips. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 12 Mar. 2023 Attached to the tweet was a photo of a clean-swept desk before an orderly collection of curious desktop appliances, backlit, through a large picture window, by the sun’s reflection in an azure surf. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2020 These agile swept-wing planes, and the pilots in them, can sustain some 9 Gs of force during sharp turns and other maneuvers. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 1 May 2020 The result would become the F-86 Sabre, a swept-wing beauty that dominated the skies over Korea. Daniel Ford, WSJ, 27 July 2018 The aircraft also appears built for speed, with an aerodynamic swept-wing configuration. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Apr. 2018 With a highly-swept delta wing, the long and slender plane removes protruding parts by using a camera system to give the pilot outside views, as his natural view will be limited. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, 3 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History


swept, past participle of sweep

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swept was in 1903

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“Swept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swept. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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past and past participle of sweep

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