Definition of sweeper in English:

sweeper

noun

  • 1A person or device that cleans a floor or road by sweeping.

    ‘a street sweeper’
    • ‘Kennet District Council has taken three mechanical road sweepers out of service after they continually broke down.’
    • ‘Guards, policemen, cleaning ladies and road sweepers will all be dancing in the street this weekend to launch the BBC's marketing campaign for The Queen's Golden Jubilee.’
    • ‘Together these activities cut across every level of city government from the street sweepers to the highest elected officials and jurists.’
    • ‘There has not been any reduction in the number of litter sweepers cleaning our streets.’
    • ‘Even before dawn breaks over the city, hordes of sweepers and casual workers fan out into the streets.’
    • ‘There are three types of cleaning equipment Hi-pressure cleaners, also known as steam cleaning, vacuums - carpet valet/cleaner, and finally sweepers.’
    • ‘We have done a number of things including putting park keepers back in parks and road sweepers back on the streets.’
    • ‘When morning comes and the street sweepers clean the gutters, they are sometimes followed by vacuum trucks, lest the runoff contaminate the storm drains.’
    • ‘I'm a road sweeper employed by an agency, and working at Newham council in east London.’
    • ‘We acknowledge there are problems but I've been assured that there is a road sweeper cleaning the road twice a day.’
    • ‘The Pipehouse depot of bin workers and road sweepers was at a complete standstill.’
    • ‘At least the street sweepers who keep Redhill clean are friendly and keen to do a good job.’
    • ‘Two days ago I saw road sweepers and contractors cleaning the streets around Chessington and Hook and doing a good job of it.’
    • ‘But a body found floating in the River Stour, near Sudbury has now been identified as the missing 49-year-old, who worked for Colchester Council as a road sweeper driver.’
    • ‘His daughter told him that the city is hiring street sweepers; a friend mentioned a job with SEPTA cleaning trains; another put a word in with Hart's old construction union.’
    • ‘The shine is being taken out of Ulverston because of dirty streets cleaned by street sweepers who have become strangers to brooms, the town council agreed this week, reports Jennie Dennett.’
    • ‘Bagenalstown is to get a new ‘green machine’ - a mechanical sweeper to clean the streets of the town.’
    • ‘For their efforts the street sweepers receive around 100 leva a month, which, after tax, is reduced to somewhere between 80 and 90 leva.’
    • ‘Charlie was a farm labourer for half his life, and a road sweeper and maintenance worker for East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the rest.’
    • ‘Then there is the street sweepers who on a daily basis clean up alcohol and drug debris on a daily basis.’
    broom, besom, whisk, sweeping brush
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  • 2Soccer
    A player stationed behind the other defenders, free to defend at any point across the field and sometimes initiating and supporting attacks.

    • ‘Player 1 passes straight out, then moves to sweeper to defend.’
    • ‘To me he is a natural sweeper, he reads the game well for a young player but at times he is too slow on the ball and a little languid.’
    • ‘He plays more like a sweeper than a goalie, clearing the ball before the forward can even get to it.’
    • ‘But it is nothing like playing in the first team and I don't care where I play - be it right back, right wing back or sweeper - just as long as I can play regular football.’
    • ‘‘I've never seen a better sweeper as a goalkeeper,’ Warnock says.’
    full back, back
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  • 3A small nocturnal shoaling fish of reefs and coastal waters, occurring chiefly in the tropical Indo-Pacific.

    Family Pempheridae: several genera and species, including the western Atlantic glassy sweeper (Pempheris schomburgki), with transparent young

    • ‘Black-spotted pufferfish this Zanzibar turtle is carrying an outsize passenger - a monster remora sweepers pack into a dense wall on the bow of the Royal Navy lighter’
    • ‘Around the pinnacles, lionfish and coral groupers lay ready to apprehend stragglers from the shoals of sweepers, while yellow-mouthed moray eels poked their heads from gaps in the coral as I passed.’
    • ‘As we neared the bow, schools of blue maomao, sweepers and demoiselles gradually thickened.’
    • ‘Entirely encrusted with corals, Mawali is a lively reef, sheltering huge scorpionfish, nudibranchs, sweepers, flower groupers, lionfish and harlequin ghost pipefish.’
    • ‘We gave up and, hoping to escape the surge, entered the hull through a small hole, where we joined hundreds of sweepers, several large snapper and a menacing-looking grouper.’
    • ‘Here we found lionfish, moray eels and sweepers.’
    • ‘We drop through a vertical cave full of sweepers that opens to a crack in the reef wall.’
    • ‘We moved away from the slope to an astonishing Magic Rock covered in cleaning shrimp and crowned with shoals of glassy sweepers.’
    • ‘They cruise lazily but can burst into action when hunting their normal prey glassfish and sweepers.’
    • ‘Here we encountered schools of batfish and barracuda, swarms of glassy sweepers and yet more pygmy seahorses on fans at 25-30m.’
    • ‘Fairy basslets and sweepers hover over a plate coral decorated with feeding featherstar crinoids in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.’

Pronunciation

sweeper

/ˈswiːpə/