- swept volume,
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
Examples from the Web for swept
He was also swept about in the music of D.C., a scene which gave rise to such acts as Fugazi and Thievery Corporation.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy|Oliver Jones|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
CEO-turned-candidate David Perdue swept past Democrat Michelle Nunn, 55 percent to 42 percent.
They were swept up in the economic surge of life after the Civil War.
Hordes of celebrants, swept by rain, surged over the five-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.
In the latest movie, we are invited to sit back and enjoy the three central performances rather than be swept along by the drama.
It broke out in 1472, and had swept off a great number of the inhabitants before the end of the year, including the mayor.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)|Charles Creighton
Jimmy, guided by Beth, swept along the village street, charged the short hill to the vicarage gate and pulled up before the door.The Smuggler's Cave|George A. Birmingham
Before Frederic could reply, the two men were jostled and swept on by a sudden rush of a noisy crowd in their rear.The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Then they swung forward at a run and swept down along the left flank of the herd.Tharon of Lost Valley|Vingie E. Roe
These ten or fifteen thousand men, available men, would be swept from our path like leaves in the whirlwind.
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
- Australiana 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
Word Origin for sweep
c.1300, perhaps from a past tense form of Middle English swope "sweep," from Old English swapan "to sweep" (transitive & intransitive); see swoop. Related: Swept; sweeping.
"range, extent," 1670s, from sweep (v.). In reference to police or military actions, it is attested from 1837. Sense of "a winning of all the tricks in a card game" is from 1814 (see sweepstakes); extended to other sports by 1960. As a shortened form of chimney-sweeper, first attested 1796.
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