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sweep·ing

 (swē′pĭng)
adj.
1. Having wide-ranging influence or effect: sweeping changes.
2. Moving in or as if in a wide curve: a sweeping gesture; a sweeping glance.
3. Indiscriminate; wholesale: sweeping generalizations.
4. Overwhelming; complete: a sweeping victory.
n.
1. The action of one that sweeps.
2. sweepings Things swept up; refuse.

sweep′ing·ly adv.

sweeping

(ˈswiːpɪŋ)
adj
1. comprehensive and wide-ranging: sweeping reforms.
2. indiscriminate or without reservations: sweeping statements.
3. decisive or overwhelming: a sweeping victory.
4. taking in a wide area: a sweeping glance.
5. driving steadily onwards, esp over a large area: a sweeping attack.
ˈsweepingly adv
ˈsweepingness n

sweep•ing

(ˈswi pɪŋ)

adj.
1. of wide range or scope.
2. moving or passing over a wide area: a sweeping glance.
3. moving or driving steadily and forcibly on.
4. (of the outcome of a contest) decisive; overwhelming: a sweeping victory.
n.
5. the act of a person or thing that sweeps.
6. sweepings, matter swept out or up, as dust or refuse.
[1470–80]
sweep′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sweeping - the act of cleaning with a broomsweeping - the act of cleaning with a broom  
cleaning, cleansing, cleanup - the act of making something clean; "he gave his shoes a good cleaning"
Adj.1.sweeping - 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"
broad, wide - having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other; "wide roads"; "a wide necktie"; "wide margins"; "three feet wide"; "a river two miles broad"; "broad shoulders"; "a broad river"
2.sweeping - ignoring distinctions; "sweeping generalizations"; "wholesale destruction"
indiscriminate - not marked by fine distinctions; "indiscriminate reading habits"; "an indiscriminate mixture of colors and styles"

sweeping

adjective
1. extensive, broad, vast, expansive, panoramic, spacious the long sweeping curve of Rio's Guanabara Bay
2. indiscriminate, blanket, across-the-board, wholesale, exaggerated, overstated, unqualified, overdrawn, oversimplified sweeping generalizations about ability based on gender
4. decisive, complete, total, overwhelming, unconditional, unqualified, out-and-out The election was a sweeping victory for the secular centre left.

sweeping

adjective
Translations
شَبيه بالتَّكْنيسكاسِح، شامِل
pronikavýrozmáchlý
fejendegennemgribende
seprõ
sem sóparyfirburîa-, alger
ďalekosiahly
genelkapsamlısüpürür gibi

sweeping

[ˈswiːpɪŋ]
A. ADJ [gesture, movement] → amplio; [generalization] → excesivo; [curve] → abierto; [view] → magnífico; [skirt] → de vuelo amplio; [change] → radical; [victory] → arrollador, aplastante
a large house with sweeping lawnsuna gran casa con amplias extensiones de césped
that's rather a sweeping statementeso es generalizar demasiado
B. N
1. (= action) → barrido m, barrida f
we gave it a sweepingle dimos un barrido or una barridalo barrimos
2. sweepingsbasura f (tras un barrido) (fig) [of society etc] → desechos mpl, escoria f

sweeping

[ˈswiːpɪŋ] adj
[changes, reforms] → radical(e)
[generalization] → abusif/ive
a sweeping statement → une déclaration à l'emporte-pièce
[curve]
the long sweeping curve of Guanabara bay → la longue échancrure de la baie de Guanabara

sweeping

adj
gesture, stroke, curveweit ausholend; bow, curtsey, linesschwungvoll; glancestreifend; staircasegeschwungen; lawnausgedehnt; viewweit
(fig) change, reductionradikal, drastisch; statementpauschal; victoryüberragend, glänzend; to make a sweeping condemnation of somethingetw in Bausch und Bogen verdammen
n (= cleaning)Kehren nt, → Fegen nt

sweeping

[ˈswiːpɪŋ] adj (gesture) → ampio/a; (statement) → generico/a; (changes, reforms) → radicale, ampio/a

sweep

(swiːp) past tense, past participle swept (swept) verb
1. to clean (a room etc) using a brush or broom. The room has been swept clean.
2. to move as though with a brush. She swept the crumbs off the table with her hand; The wave swept him overboard; Don't get swept away by (= become over-enthusiastic about) the idea!; She swept aside my objections.
3. to move quickly over. The disease/craze is sweeping the country.
4. to move swiftly or in a proud manner. High winds sweep across the desert; She swept into my room without knocking on the door.
noun
1. an act of sweeping, or process of being swept, with a brush etc. She gave the room a sweep.
2. a sweeping movement. He indicated the damage with a sweep of his hand.
3. a person who cleans chimneys.
4. a sweepstake.
ˈsweeper noun
a person or thing that sweeps. a road-sweeper; May I borrow your carpet-sweeper?
ˈsweeping adjective
1. that sweeps. a sweeping gesture.
2. (of changes etc) very great. a sweeping victory; sweeping reforms.
ˈsweeping-brush noun
a type of brush with a long handle that is used for sweeping floors etc.
at one/a sweep
by one action, at one time. He fired half of his employees at one sweep.
sweep (someone) off his feet
to affect (a person) with strong emotion or enthusiasm.
sweep out
to sweep (a room etc) thoroughly; to clean by sweeping. to sweep the classroom out.
sweep the board
to be very successful; to win all the prizes.
sweep under the carpet
to avoid facing, or dealing with (an unpleasant situation etc) by pretending it does not exist.
sweep up
to gather together or remove (dirt etc) by sweeping. She swept up the crumbs/mess.
References in classic literature ?
In this room there was a wardrobe full of old-fashioned costumes with which Esther allowed her to play, and it was her favorite amusement to array herself in the faded brocades, and parade up and down before the long mirror, making stately curtsies, and sweeping her train about with a rustle which delighted her ears.
The wind was sweeping down the rocky trail, the rain was falling in veritable bucketfuls from the overhanging cliff, and deafening thunder and blinding lightning roared and flashed.
He was only twelve, but that winter he had got the job of sweeping out the Norwegian church and making the fire in it every Sunday morning.
She did shout for joy, as with a sweeping stroke or two she lifted her body to the surface of the water.
Twenty times they thought the whirling eddies were sweeping them to destruction, when the masterhand of their pilot would bring the bows of the canoe to stem the rapid.
It had been planted by a great-grandson of the first Pyncheon, and, though now fourscore years of age, or perhaps nearer a hundred, was still in its strong and broad maturity, throwing its shadow from side to side of the street, overtopping the seven gables, and sweeping the whole black roof with its pendant foliage.
As Ichabod approached this fearful tree, he began to whistle; he thought his whistle was answered; it was but a blast sweeping sharply through the dry branches.
Some were thickly set with glittering teeth resembling ivory saws; others were tufted with knots of human hair; and one was sickle-shaped, with a vast handle sweeping round like the segment made in the new-mown grass by a long-armed mower.
This delicacy is chiefly evinced in the action of sweeping, when in maidenly gentleness the whale with a certain soft slowness moves his immense flukes from side to side upon the surface of the sea; and if he feel but a sailor's whisker, woe to that sailor, whiskers and all.
Furious gusts of emotion would come sweeping over her, shaking her as the tempest shakes the trees upon the hills; all her frame would quiver and throb with them--it was as if some dreadful thing rose up within her and took possession of her, torturing her, tearing her.
With a self-sacrifice which some of our readers will appreciate, she resolved, instead of comfortably making her own bed, sweeping and dusting her own chamber,--which she had hitherto done, in utter scorn of all offers of help from the chambermaid of the establishment,--to condemn herself to the martyrdom of instructing Topsy to perform these operations,--ah, woe the day
Mary and the storm, and the sweeping away of the forward boats, were facts--all the rest was fiction.