Definition of sweeping in English:

sweeping

adjective

  • 1Extending or performed in a long, continuous curve.

    ‘sweeping, desolate moorlands’
    ‘a smooth sweeping motion’
    • ‘A sweeping curve seems to defy what a golf shot should be able to do.’
    • ‘With a continuous sweeping glass window running the length of the bar, Sky offers one of the finest views in Vienna.’
    • ‘In the third square, I used a slow, careful sweeping motion, filling in the small areas afterward.’
    • ‘For instance, I used lots of daylilies which I staggered in a sweeping curve.’
    • ‘A rich brew of extended lines, sweeping curves, off-kilter balances, de Schynkel's vocabulary is expressive without being literal.’
    • ‘This was previously Ben Stevenson's place, she says, her buff arms extending in a sweeping motion to encompass the townhouse living room.’
    • ‘Taking off on the left foot, he/she completes a continuous, sweeping overhead arc toward the basket.’
    • ‘The road should have as broad, sweeping curves as the site will allow.’
    • ‘High above Kresna, we were following a trail through the foothills of Pirin, and were being treated to a sweeping panorama that seemingly extended all the way to Greece.’
    • ‘Above each design they make a mark with an nkunia and a sweeping motion of a machete.’
    • ‘He throws an overhand curve and a sweeping curve, both of which top out at 78 mph.’
    • ‘They flow with gentle curves and long, sweeping tails.’
    • ‘His leg thrashes in a violent sweeping motion - much like one would move one's leg if one were lying prone in the snow making angels.’
    • ‘The popular Albert Park circuit is a street track which goes through a leafy park, combining fast corners and tight hairpins along with sweeping curves.’
    • ‘Changes in specification and design have led to expensive redesigns, and the sweeping curves of the original design have proved difficult to build.’
    • ‘The aggressive front end with its big grille and air-scoop gave way to sweeping compound curves as you moved towards the rear of the car.’
    • ‘It is also easy to see the futility and ineffective nature of S curves and sweeping actions that use the smaller muscles of the arm and forearm to accomplish the task.’
    • ‘Use a sweeping motion so no air bubbles are trapped beneath the laminate.’
    • ‘‘Look, I think I'll just come back later,’ I interrupted with a sweeping motion of my hand.’
    • ‘Tilting your spine to the right helps shallow out your downswing and allows you to make contact with a sweeping motion, hitting up on the ball.’
    broad, extensive, expansive, vast, spacious, roomy, boundless, panoramic
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  • 2Wide in range or effect.

    ‘we cannot recommend any sweeping alterations’
    • ‘But they have also strengthened the obstacles to the kind of sweeping reform that could be produced by an effective voucher system.’
    • ‘He gestured with the knife in a wide sweeping move, and from between the pillars, several dozen young people entered the circle.’
    • ‘Radical, sweeping changes are riskier but often more effective, because they quickly yield benefits visible to everyone.’
    • ‘Nasa had hoped to launch the shuttle again next spring but the target date could now be missed as sweeping changes are put in place to radically improve safety and re-shape the agency.’
    • ‘The court's decisions range from the sweeping to the minute.’
    • ‘The proposal makes sweeping, radical changes in the law, but the regulatory analysis does not reflect them.’
    • ‘After the 1997 attack in Luxor, Mr. Mubarak's government launched a sweeping crackdown against Muslim radicals opposed to his rule.’
    • ‘The objectives are specific and measurable, covering a sweeping range of prevention strategies.’
    • ‘The authors have sweeping change in mind: Alterations must be made to every corporate function, from product development to sales and marketing.’
    • ‘But a reshuffle would only have these effects if it took the form of sweeping changes - most unlike Ahern.’
    • ‘And those who raised concerns about the sweeping powers of the bill were unfairly dismissed as radicals who were against copyright in general.’
    • ‘Analysts say sweeping tax reform that comes into effect in January 2002 is another key factor.’
    • ‘There is a well-known method for examining deaths involving a range of sweeping issues - the provincial inquest system.’
    • ‘Berlusconi then reverted to his normal strategy by pleading for several more years to put into effect the sweeping reforms he had promised on his election.’
    • ‘He said the Government was likely to order a full public enquiry before deciding whether to give the sweeping extension scheme the go-ahead.’
    • ‘The government plans to give sweeping powers to a wide range of organisations to spy on us.’
    • ‘The Executive has proposed the two routes to Rotherham as part of a sweeping extension of the popular Supertram system.’
    • ‘After being in office for just ten days, he signed into law a sweeping range of measures authorising the imposition of martial law over the country.’
    • ‘One might think that the authors of the report, in light of the disaster which they describe, would call for sweeping and far-reaching action by the world community to fight the epidemic.’
    • ‘It is worth a read because the regulator has wide and sweeping powers to issue directions to an ADI to enforce prudential standards and performance.’
    extensive, wide-ranging, global, broad, wide, comprehensive, all-inclusive, all-embracing, far-reaching, across the board, worldwide, catholic, exhaustive, pervasive
    overwhelming, decisive, thorough, complete, total, absolute, out-and-out, thoroughgoing, unconditional, unlimited, unrestricted, unqualified, plenary
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    1. 2.1 (of a statement) taking no account of particular cases or exceptions; too general.
      ‘a sweeping assertion’
      • ‘I can think of no good reason to make such a sweeping statement without sound argument to back it up.’
      • ‘Making a generalised and sweeping statement on every politician and the whole system was an irresponsible act.’
      • ‘The result is a number of sweeping statements that are asserted but not demonstrated.’
      • ‘This not only has led to sweeping statements, but also to a misunderstanding of the Safavid political system and economy, and also to many factual mistakes.’
      • ‘However, for her to make the sweeping statements she does about ‘derisory service’ by the whole Health Service is illogical, irresponsible and untrue.’
      • ‘Culvert says that they haven't treated enough hepatitis patients to make any sweeping statements.’
      • ‘Usually these these theories come from people who don't follow the sport week in, week out, but rather drop in every so often to make bold, sweeping statements.’
      • ‘They make sweeping statements and exaggerated charges on the basis of a very limited understanding of the issues they are discussing.’
      • ‘I suppose there must be plenty of counterexamples to such a sweeping statement, but none occur to me offhand.’
      • ‘The only possible exception to this sweeping statement would be Karl Marx - and Marx himself was heavily influenced by Hegel.’
      • ‘Simple arguments, sensational media, and corporate charlatans are all guilty of these kind of sweeping statements - I call it myth making.’
      • ‘There's a few sweeping statements in there that would not stand up to scrutiny.’
      • ‘It was such a sweeping statement that one wonders just why the president floated it at this time.’
      • ‘There was a general sweeping statement, because, of course, it does not have the World Health Organization findings.’
      • ‘We were looking for someone willing to make a sweeping statement announcing the Texans had arrived and that the play-offs were just around the corner.’
      • ‘Ojha is particularly convincing as the fast-talking Bobby, and his quick-fire exchanges with Rann are rich with theatrical sweeping statements and blithe assurance.’
      • ‘So I made some vague, sweeping statements, as usual, and Meg made them into code and pictures and layout.’
      • ‘But this is a sweeping statement, instantly challengeable.’
      • ‘This is a sweeping statement and perhaps worthy of some explanation.’
      • ‘Does it engage in systematic field research and does it avoid sweeping comments, except to the degree that these are sustained by its detailed findings through field research?’
      wholesale, blanket, over-general, general, inclusive, all-inclusive, unqualified, indiscriminate, universal, oversimplified, imprecise
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noun

sweepings
  • Dirt or refuse collected by sweeping.

    ‘the sweepings from the house’
    • ‘It's like the sweepings of the monumental studio, the stuff they didn't want to put in the official state monument.’
    • ‘As for the word itself, not only has smeddum ceased to be the sweepings off the mill floor, it is now one of the most valued qualities of the Scots character.’
    • ‘The sweepings are from a previous search in February 2003 which has already been dealt with by the court.’
    • ‘Coffee is regularly contaminated with unappetising detritus ranging from floor sweepings and twigs to poisonous, mouldy coffee beans.’
    • ‘I became aware of a rush broom in a far corner and, hung along the wall, bags of sweepings.’
    • ‘And he walked right through my sweepings. ‘Look at this stuff,’ he said, kicking it away.’’
    • ‘Carbohydrate sources of commercial pet food may consist of grain factory waste (i.e., dust, floor sweepings and husks.)’
    • ‘Sadly, if it continues, that is what is threatening to become of the great Liberal Party tradition: a cold-hearted butcher to the withering slab of the Australian body, and the public get sausages for policy from the sweepings off the floor.’
    • ‘Partly because he did lots of sweeping but I hadn't ever seen him with a trolley or bag to put the sweepings into and partly because of his manner of sweeping.’
    • ‘All the stray pellets - which mariners call sweepings or spillage - had to be cleaned out and dumped.’
    • ‘The vegetable garden at Drummuir near Huntly is maintained along organic lines and sweepings from the local hairdressers have been used for several years as an effective pest deterrent.’
    • ‘Grading land with yard rubbish, sweepings, and other refuse also planted weeds and seeds on vacant land.’
    • ‘I'm sure floor sweepings swept out doors and vacuum cleaner dust spilt outside also have these threads in them and tangle in wagtails' feet.’
    • ‘They even examined floor sweepings from tombs and living areas.’
    • ‘This tall, narrow 13-by - 4-foot drawing scrolls from ceiling to floor, where it curls slightly, and is held in place by a slurry of grimy studio sweepings.’
    • ‘They mix the sweepings in with the grain to make additional profit.’
    • ‘I realize there may be a number of urban gardeners who, for a small fee, would be more than happy to set me up with some sweepings from their grow-op.’
    • ‘Please note that road or yard sweepings are not to be placed in the skip.’
    • ‘Pressed peanut sweepings may a vital ingredient of one of Homer Simpson's favorite snacks, but that doesn't hold true for most of us.’
    • ‘The company subsequently claimed it had permitted the council to deposit road sweepings and soil in the Blessington quarry.’
    debris, waste, waste matter, discarded matter, refuse, rubbish, litter, scrap, flotsam and jetsam, lumber, rubble, wreckage
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Pronunciation

sweeping

/ˈswiːpɪŋ/