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Definition of swept

: slanted backward

Examples of swept in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Everything to know about the fighter jets in the ‘America Strong’ flyovers," 1 May 2020 The result would become the F-86 Sabre, a swept-wing beauty that dominated the skies over Korea. Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘Chasing the Demon’ Review: Boom Times for Jet Pilots," 27 July 2018 The aircraft also appears built for speed, with an aerodynamic swept-wing configuration. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is This China’s Stealth Bomber?," 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, "NASA Picks Lockheed Martin to Make Low-Boom Supersonic X-Plane," 3 Apr. 2018 Blake Griffin, Oklahoma Swept national player of the year awards in 2009 after averaging 23 points and 14 rebounds. Jesse Newell, kansascity.com, "Let’s rank stuff: KU jerseys, games at Allen Fieldhouse," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of swept

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swept

swept, past participle of sweep

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The first known use of swept was in 1903

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14 May 2020

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“Swept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swept. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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Kids Definition of swept

past tense and past participle of sweep

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