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Definition 1: (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for sweep in the sense of this definition

(sweep is a kind of ...) (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team

"the defensive line braced to stop the run" "the coach put great emphasis on running"

(sweep belongs to category ...) a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays

Definition 2: a movement in an arc - [noun denoting act]

Samples where sweep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sweep of his arm

(sweep is a kind of ...) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

"the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise" "movement is a sign of life" "an impatient move of his hand" "gastrointestinal motility"

Definition 3: a long oar used in an open boat - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for sweep in the sense of this definition

(sweep is a kind of ...) an implement used to propel or steer a boat

Definition 4: a wide scope - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where sweep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the sweep of the plains

Synonyms for sweep in the sense of this definition

(sweep is a kind of ...) an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

"the range of a supersonic jet" "a piano has a greater range than the human voice" "the ambit of municipal legislation" "within the compass of this article" "within the scope of an investigation" "outside the reach of the law" "in the political orbit of a world power"

Definition 5: winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for sweep in the sense of this definition

(sweep is a kind of ...) a successful ending of a struggle or contest

"a narrow victory" "the general always gets credit for his army's victory" "clinched a victory" "convincing victory" "the agreement was a triumph for common sense"

(... is a kind of sweep ) winning all of the tricks in a hand of bridge

(... is a kind of sweep ) winning all but one of the tricks in a hand of bridge

(... is part of sweep) any of various card games based on whist for four players

Definition 6: someone who cleans soot from chimneys - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for sweep in the sense of this definition

(sweep is a kind of ...) someone whose occupation is cleaning

Definition 7: win an overwhelming victory in or on - [verb of competition]

Samples where sweep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her new show dog swept all championships

(sweep is a kind of ...) be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious

"He won the Gold Medal in skating" "Our home team won" "Win the game"

Definition 8: sweep with a broom or as if with a broom - [verb of contact]

Samples where sweep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Sweep the crumbs off the table
  • Sweep under the bed

Synonyms for sweep in the sense of this definition

(sweep is a kind of ...) rub with a circular motion

"wipe the blackboard" "He passed his hands over the soft cloth"

(sweep has a similar meaning as ...) clean by sweeping

"Please sweep the floor"

Definition 9: clean by sweeping - [verb of contact]

Samples where sweep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please sweep the floor

(sweep is a kind of ...) make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from

"Clean the stove!" "The dentist cleaned my teeth"

(sweep has a similar meaning as ...) sweep with a broom or as if with a broom

"Sweep the crumbs off the table" "Sweep under the bed"

Definition 10: make a big sweeping gesture or movement - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for sweep in the sense of this definition

(sweep is a kind of ...) handle effectively

"The burglar wielded an axe" "The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well"

Definition 11: move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions - [verb of motion]

Samples where sweep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The diva swept into the room
  • Shreds of paper sailed through the air
  • The searchlights swept across the sky

Synonyms for sweep in the sense of this definition

(sweep is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of sweep ) sweep majestically

"Airplanes were swanning over the mountains"

(sweep has a similar meaning as ...) sweep across or over

"Her long skirt brushed the floor" "A gasp swept cross the audience"

Definition 12: sweep across or over - [verb of motion]

Samples where sweep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her long skirt brushed the floor
  • A gasp swept cross the audience

Synonyms for sweep in the sense of this definition

(sweep is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(sweep has a similar meaning as ...) touch lightly and briefly

"He brushed the wall lightly"

(sweep has a similar meaning as ...) move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions

"The diva swept into the room" "Shreds of paper sailed through the air" "The searchlights swept across the sky"

Definition 13: force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action - [verb of stative]

Samples where sweep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They were swept up by the events
  • don't drag me into this business

Synonyms for sweep in the sense of this definition

(sweep is a kind of ...) engage as a participant

"Don't involve me in your family affairs!"

Definition 14: to cover or extend over an area or time period - [verb of stative]

Samples where sweep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Rivers traverse the valley floor
  • The parking lot spans 3 acres
  • The novel spans three centuries

Synonyms for sweep in the sense of this definition

(sweep is a kind of ...) span an interval of distance, space or time

"The war extended over five years" "The period covered the turn of the century" "My land extends over the hills on the horizon" "This farm covers some 200 acres" "The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"

Definition 15: cover the entire range of - [verb of stative]

(sweep is a kind of ...) span an interval of distance, space or time

"The war extended over five years" "The period covered the turn of the century" "My land extends over the hills on the horizon" "This farm covers some 200 acres" "The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"

(... is a kind of sweep ) sweep the length of

"The gunfire raked the coast"

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