[ swee-ping ]
/ ˈswi pɪŋ /


of wide range or scope.
moving or passing about over a wide area: a sweeping glance.
moving, driving, or passing steadily and forcibly on.
(of the outcome of a contest) decisive; overwhelming; complete: a sweeping victory.


the act of a person or thing that sweeps.
sweepings, matter swept out or up, as dust, refuse, etc.


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Origin of sweeping

First recorded in 1470–80; sweep1 + -ing2, -ing1


sweep·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sweepings (1 of 2)

/ (ˈswiːpɪŋz) /

pl n

debris, litter, or refuse

British Dictionary definitions for sweepings (2 of 2)

/ (ˈswiːpɪŋ) /


comprehensive and wide-rangingsweeping reforms
indiscriminate or without reservationssweeping statements
decisive or overwhelminga sweeping victory
taking in a wide areaa sweeping glance
driving steadily onwards, esp over a large areaa sweeping attack

Derived forms of sweeping

sweepingly, adverbsweepingness, noun
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