upsweep

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verb

up·​sweep ˈəp-ˌswēp How to pronounce upsweep (audio)
upswept ˈəp-ˌswept How to pronounce upsweep (audio) ; upsweeping

intransitive verb

: to sweep upward

upsweep

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noun

1
: an upward sweep
2
: an upswept hairdo

Example Sentences

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Verb
The roofline also collides with the upsweeping beltline at the top of the rear doors, where the door handles are cleverly concealed. Dan Neil, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2017
Noun
The rocker panel upsweep remains but the wheel arches have become rounder than before. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 31 May 2022 The glorious auburn of Swinton’s upswept hairdo is a sight to see, if not as impressive as the upsweep itself. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1791, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of upsweep was in 1791

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Cite this Entry

“Upsweep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upsweep. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

upsweep

verb
up·​sweep
ˈəp-ˌswēp
upswept
-ˌswept
; upsweeping
: to sweep upward : curve or slope upward
upsweep noun

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