verb (used with object), swept, sweep·ing.
- to pass the fingers or bow over (a musical instrument, its strings or keys, etc.), as in playing.
- to bring forth (music) thus.
verb (used without object), swept, sweep·ing.
- Whist. the winning of all the tricks in a hand.Compare slam2 (def. 1).
- Casino. a pairing or combining, and hence taking, of all the cards on the board.
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Origin of sweep1
OTHER WORDS FROM sweepsweep·a·ble, adjectiveun·sweep·a·ble, adjective
Words nearby sweep
Definition for sweep (2 of 2)
Origin of sweep2
How to use sweep in a sentence
Unless it’s a clean sweep by the Democrats, none of this will happen.
The chytrid pandemic was selecting frogs based on their microbes—a selective sweep in which amphibians harboring one microbial community survived above all others.When Evolution Is Infectious - Issue 90: Something Green|Moises Velasquez-Manoff|September 30, 2020|Nautilus
This gravel handlebar keeps the controls in the same neutral position as a standard road handlebar and creates sweep below the controls for a wider, more confident hand position when riding in the drops.
There’s also no evidence that a single sweep of the virus through the population would lead to herd immunity, says Sten Vermund, dean of the Yale School of Public Health.Herd immunity alone won’t stop COVID-19. Here’s why.|Kate Baggaley|September 2, 2020|Popular Science
Although several players have gotten close, and several others seem like they’ve played for every single team in a league, there are surprisingly few who have made a clean sweep of a given division.
Decorative yes, but a daily handbag that will sweep through the closets of women worldwide?Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink|Elizabeth Landers|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the long sweep of LGBT equality, it could have stood as a seminal moment.
The “24-hour news cycle” just makes them harder to sweep under the rug and ignore.I Blame People Who Blame the Media: Robert McCulloch’s Tone-Deaf Speech|Arthur Chu|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a street-sweep, and violence had broken out, and the government was cracking down.Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre|Marlow Stern|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The remains were shipped to Fiji just as the war was about to sweep the region.
To talk German was beyond the sweep of my dizziest ambition, but an Italian runner or porter instantly presented himself.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
He walked up the sweep of sandy drive to the hotel and went through the big glass doors.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
Thenceforth, it ebbed, though it raged madly for a while in the effort to sweep away the obstruction.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
And then if the ghost of a chimney-sweep were to appear—and why not the spirit of a sweep as well as anybody else?Second Edition of A Discovery Concerning Ghosts|George Cruikshank
It is otherwise with the people who dwell upon the land over which these atmospheric convulsions sweep.Outlines of the Earth's History|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
British Dictionary definitions for sweep
verb sweeps, sweeping or swept
- (in gambling) to win all the cards or money
- to win every event or prize in a contest
- the winning of every trick in a hand of whist
- the taking, by pairing, of all exposed cards in cassino
- a long oar used on an open boat
- Australian a person steering a surf boat with such an oar
- a rakelike attachment for the front of a motor vehicle for pushing hay into piles
- a triangular blade on a cultivator used to cut through roots below the surface of the soil
- an overwhelming victory or success
- a complete change; purgeto make a clean sweep
Derived forms of sweepsweepy, adjective
Word Origin for sweep
Idioms and Phrases with sweep
In addition to the idioms beginning with sweep
- sweep off someone's feet
- sweep under the rug
- make a clean sweep
- new broom sweeps clean
- (sweep) off someone's feet