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sweeping

[swee-ping] /ˈswi pɪŋ/
adjective
1.
of wide range or scope.
2.
moving or passing about over a wide area:
a sweeping glance.
3.
moving, driving, or passing steadily and forcibly on.
4.
(of the outcome of a contest) decisive; overwhelming; complete:
a sweeping victory.
noun
5.
the act of a person or thing that sweeps.
6.
sweepings, matter swept out or up, as dust, refuse, etc.
Origin of sweeping
1470-1480
First recorded in 1470-80; sweep1 + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
sweepingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. extensive, broad, comprehensive.
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British Dictionary definitions for sweepings

sweepings

/ˈswiːpɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
debris, litter, or refuse

sweeping

/ˈswiːpɪŋ/
adjective
1.
comprehensive and wide-ranging: sweeping reforms
2.
indiscriminate or without reservations: sweeping statements
3.
decisive or overwhelming: a sweeping victory
4.
taking in a wide area: a sweeping glance
5.
driving steadily onwards, esp over a large area: a sweeping attack
Derived Forms
sweepingly, adverb
sweepingness, noun
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