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

Origin of sweeping

First recorded in 1470–80; sweep1 + -ing2, -ing1
Related formssweep·ing·ly, adverb

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pl n
  1. debris, litter, or refuse


  1. comprehensive and wide-rangingsweeping reforms
  2. indiscriminate or without reservationssweeping statements
  3. decisive or overwhelminga sweeping victory
  4. taking in a wide areaa sweeping glance
  5. driving steadily onwards, esp over a large areaa sweeping attack
Derived Formssweepingly, adverbsweepingness, noun
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