Swoop v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swooped p. pr. & vb. n. Swooping.]
1. To fall on at once and seize; to catch while on the wing; as, a hawk swoops a chicken.
2. To seize; to catch up; to take with a sweep.
And now at last you came to swoop it all. --Dryden.
The grazing ox which swoops it [the medicinal herb] in with the common grass. --Glanvill.
Swoop, v. i.
1. To descend with closed wings from a height upon prey, as a hawk; to stoop.
2. To pass with pomp; to sweep. [Obs.]
Swoop, n. A falling on and seizing, as the prey of a rapacious bird; the act of swooping.
The eagle fell, . . . and carried away a whole litter of cubs at a swoop. --L'Estrange.
n 1: (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale; "the
violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides"
2: a very rapid raid
3: a swift descent through the air
v 1: move down on as if in an attack; "The raptor swooped down on
its prey"; "The teacher swooped down upon the new
students" [syn: pounce]
2: move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc
3: seize or catch with a swooping motion [syn: swoop up]