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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sweep v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swept p. pr. & vb. n. Sweeping.]
 1. To pass a broom across (a surface) so as to remove loose dirt, dust, etc.; to brush, or rub over, with a broom for the purpose of cleaning; as, to sweep a floor, the street, or a chimney. Used also figuratively.
    I will sweep it with the besom of destruction.   --Isa. xiv. 23.
 2. To drive or carry along or off with a broom or a brush, or as if with a broom; to remove by, or as if by, brushing; as, to sweep dirt from a floor; the wind sweeps the snow from the hills; a freshet sweeps away a dam, timber, or rubbish; a pestilence sweeps off multitudes.
    The hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies.   --Isa. xxviii. 17.
    I have already swept the stakes.   --Dryden.
 3. To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.
 Their long descending train,
 With rubies edged and sapphires, swept the plain.   --Dryden.
 4. To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion.
    And like a peacock sweep along his tail.   --Shak.
 5. To strike with a long stroke.
 Wake into voice each silent string,
 And sweep the sounding lyre.   --Pope.
 6. Naut. To draw or drag something over; as, to sweep the bottom of a river with a net.
 7. To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation; as, to sweep the heavens with a telescope.
 To sweep a mold or To sweep up a mold Founding, to form the sand into a mold by a templet, instead of compressing it around the pattern.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sweep·ing, a. Cleaning off surfaces, or cleaning away dust, dirt, or litter, as a broom does; moving with swiftness and force; carrying everything before it; including in its scope many persons or things; as, a sweeping flood; a sweeping majority; a sweeping accusation. -- Sweep*ing*ly, adv. -Sweep*ing*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often
             used in combination; "a sweeping glance"; "a
             wide-sweeping view of the river"
      2: ignoring distinctions; "sweeping generalizations";
         "wholesale destruction" [syn: wholesale]
      3: having broad range or effect; "had extensive press
         coverage"; "far-reaching changes in the social structure";
         "sweeping reforms" [syn: extensive, far-reaching]
      n : the act of cleaning with a broom