Definition of sweeper in English:



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

    ‘a street sweeper’
    • ‘Even before dawn breaks over the city, hordes of sweepers and casual workers fan out into the streets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have done a number of things including putting park keepers back in parks and road sweepers back on the streets.’
    • ‘There has not been any reduction in the number of litter sweepers cleaning our streets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Together these activities cut across every level of city government from the street sweepers to the highest elected officials and jurists.’
    • ‘Kennet District Council has taken three mechanical road sweepers out of service after they continually broke down.’
    • ‘The Pipehouse depot of bin workers and road sweepers was at a complete standstill.’
    • ‘I'm a road sweeper employed by an agency, and working at Newham council in east London.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For their efforts the street sweepers receive around 100 leva a month, which, after tax, is reduced to somewhere between 80 and 90 leva.’
    • ‘Then there is the street sweepers who on a daily basis clean up alcohol and drug debris on a daily basis.’
    • ‘When morning comes and the street sweepers clean the gutters, they are sometimes followed by vacuum trucks, lest the runoff contaminate the storm drains.’
    • ‘Bagenalstown is to get a new ‘green machine’ - a mechanical sweeper to clean the streets of the town.’
    • ‘Two days ago I saw road sweepers and contractors cleaning the streets around Chessington and Hook and doing a good job of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We acknowledge there are problems but I've been assured that there is a road sweeper cleaning the road twice a day.’
    • ‘There are three types of cleaning equipment Hi-pressure cleaners, also known as steam cleaning, vacuums - carpet valet/cleaner, and finally sweepers.’
    • ‘At least the street sweepers who keep Redhill clean are friendly and keen to do a good job.’
    broom, sweeper, 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.’
    • ‘He plays more like a sweeper than a goalie, clearing the ball before the forward can even get to it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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, sweeper
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  • 3A small nocturnal shoaling fish of reefs and coastal waters, occurring chiefly in the tropical Indo-Pacific.

    • ‘Here we found lionfish, moray eels and sweepers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We moved away from the slope to an astonishing Magic Rock covered in cleaning shrimp and crowned with shoals of glassy sweepers.’
    • ‘Here we encountered schools of batfish and barracuda, swarms of glassy sweepers and yet more pygmy seahorses on fans at 25-30m.’
    • ‘Entirely encrusted with corals, Mawali is a lively reef, sheltering huge scorpionfish, nudibranchs, sweepers, flower groupers, lionfish and harlequin ghost pipefish.’
    • ‘Fairy basslets and sweepers hover over a plate coral decorated with feeding featherstar crinoids in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘As we neared the bow, schools of blue maomao, sweepers and demoiselles gradually thickened.’
    • ‘We drop through a vertical cave full of sweepers that opens to a crack in the reef wall.’
    • ‘They cruise lazily but can burst into action when hunting their normal prey glassfish and sweepers.’
    • ‘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.’