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Definition of swept

: slanted backward

Examples of swept in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Blake Griffin, Oklahoma Swept national player of the year awards in 2009 after averaging 23 points and 14 rebounds. Jesse Newell, kansascity.com, 2 June 2017 See More

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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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“Swept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swept. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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past tense and past participle of sweep

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