noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
Definition for sweeps (2 of 3)
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.
Origin of sweep1
Related formssweep·a·ble, adjectiveun·sweep·a·ble, adjective
Definition for sweeps (3 of 3)
Origin of sweep2
Examples from the Web for sweeps
Sophisticated, nuanced, melodious pop music, that sweeps you away.
The pulses are from a beam of light produced by the intense magnetic field, which sweeps across Earth as the neutron star rotates.
As Rick the zombie-slayer returns, a deadly flu strain that makes your head burst like a shaken soda can sweeps across the prison.The Walking Dead ‘Infected’ Recap: There Will Be Exploding Faces|Melissa Leon|October 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Then Cathy sweeps Cannistraci literally off her feet in a bear hug.Edie Windsor on Love, and More Scenes From a Gay Marriage|Steven Thrasher|June 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As the mustachioed fun of No Shave November sweeps the country, its roots as a charitable effort may be getting lost.Behind the Movember Movement’s Fight to Keep Charity Tied to Mustache|Kevin Fallon|November 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The canoe was certainly a large one, and they counted at least twelve natives at the paddles, or sweeps.Dave Porter in the South Seas|Edward Stratemeyer
The circuit may be completed in from twelve to thirty sweeps.On Laboratory Arts|Richard Threlfall
She looks so fine, doesn't she, when she sweeps down the platform in her satin dress and lays her bouquet on the piano?The Quaint Companions|Leonard Merrick
Yet it is a movement that sweeps on with almost irresistible force.The Psychology of Nations|G.E. Partridge
"I am the father of sweeps," declared an elderly employer to the West Kent Tribunal.
British Dictionary definitions for sweeps
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 Formssweepy, adjective
Word Origin for sweep
Idioms and Phrases with sweeps
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