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sweep

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an area over which activity, capacity, or influence extends

  • Mrs. Griswold has been a teacher for so long that the sweep of her influence extends across three generations of the townspeople
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range, gamut, compass, sweep, scope, orbit mean the extent that lies within the powers of something (as to cover or control). range is a general term indicating the extent of one's perception or the extent of powers, capacities, or possibilities.
    • the entire range of human experience
gamut suggests a graduated series running from one possible extreme to another.
    • a performance that ran the gamut of emotions
compass implies a sometimes limited extent of perception, knowledge, or activity.
    • your concerns lie beyond the narrow compass of this study
sweep suggests extent, often circular or arc-shaped, of motion or activity.
    • the book covers the entire sweep of criminal activity
scope is applicable to an area of activity, predetermined and limited, but somewhat flexible.
    • as time went on, the scope of the investigation widened
orbit suggests an often circumscribed range of activity or influence within which forces work toward accommodation.
    • within that restricted orbit they tried to effect social change

sweep

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1 to move or proceed smoothly and readily

  • the wind swept across the plain without respite
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2 to turn away from a straight line or course

  • from this point the mountain range sweeps to the northeast and extends into the next state
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