swoop


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swoop

 (swo͞op)
v. swooped, swoop·ing, swoops
v.intr.
1. To move in a sudden sweep: The bird swooped down on its prey.
2. To make a rush or an attack with a sudden sweeping movement. Often used with down: The children swooped down on the pile of presents.
v.tr.
To seize or snatch in a sudden sweeping movement.
n.
The act or an instance of swooping.

[Middle English swopen, to sweep along, from Old English swāpan, to sweep, swing.]

swoop

(swuːp)
vb
1. (intr; usually foll by down, on, or upon) to sweep or pounce suddenly
2. (tr; often foll by up, away, or off) to seize or scoop suddenly
n
3. the act of swooping
4. a swift descent
[Old English swāpan to sweep; related to Old High German sweifan to swing around, Old Norse sveipa to throw]

swoop

(swup)

v.i.
1. to sweep down through the air, as a bird upon prey.
2. to come down upon something in a sudden, swift attack (often fol. by down and on or upon): The army swooped down on the town.
v.t.
3. to take, lift, scoop up, or remove with or as if with one sweeping motion (often fol. by up, away, or off): He swooped her up in his arms.
n.
4. an act or instance of swooping.
[1535–45; Middle English swopen, Old English swāpan to sweep1]

swoop


Past participle: swooped
Gerund: swooping

Imperative
swoop
swoop
Present
I swoop
you swoop
he/she/it swoops
we swoop
you swoop
they swoop
Preterite
I swooped
you swooped
he/she/it swooped
we swooped
you swooped
they swooped
Present Continuous
I am swooping
you are swooping
he/she/it is swooping
we are swooping
you are swooping
they are swooping
Present Perfect
I have swooped
you have swooped
he/she/it has swooped
we have swooped
you have swooped
they have swooped
Past Continuous
I was swooping
you were swooping
he/she/it was swooping
we were swooping
you were swooping
they were swooping
Past Perfect
I had swooped
you had swooped
he/she/it had swooped
we had swooped
you had swooped
they had swooped
Future
I will swoop
you will swoop
he/she/it will swoop
we will swoop
you will swoop
they will swoop
Future Perfect
I will have swooped
you will have swooped
he/she/it will have swooped
we will have swooped
you will have swooped
they will have swooped
Future Continuous
I will be swooping
you will be swooping
he/she/it will be swooping
we will be swooping
you will be swooping
they will be swooping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been swooping
you have been swooping
he/she/it has been swooping
we have been swooping
you have been swooping
they have been swooping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been swooping
you will have been swooping
he/she/it will have been swooping
we will have been swooping
you will have been swooping
they will have been swooping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been swooping
you had been swooping
he/she/it had been swooping
we had been swooping
you had been swooping
they had been swooping
Conditional
I would swoop
you would swoop
he/she/it would swoop
we would swoop
you would swoop
they would swoop
Past Conditional
I would have swooped
you would have swooped
he/she/it would have swooped
we would have swooped
you would have swooped
they would have swooped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swoop - (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale; "the violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides"
glissando - a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
2.swoop - a very rapid raid
foray, maraud, raid - a sudden short attack
3.swoop - a swift descent through the air
descent - the act of changing your location in a downward direction
Verb1.swoop - move down on as if in an attack; "The raptor swooped down on its prey"; "The teacher swooped down upon the new students"
come down, descend, go down, fall - move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"
stoop - descend swiftly, as if on prey; "The eagle stooped on the mice in the field"
2.swoop - move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
3.swoop - seize or catch with a swooping motion
snatch, snatch up, snap - to grasp hastily or eagerly; "Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone"

swoop

verb
1. pounce, attack, charge, rush, raid, descend, assail, make a raid The terror ended when armed police swooped on the car.
2. drop, plunge, dive, rush, sweep, descend, plummet, pounce, stoop, nosedive The hawk swooped and soared away carrying something.
noun
1. raid, attack, assault, surprise search a swoop on a German lorry

swoop

noun
The act of plunging suddenly downward into or as if into water:
Informal: header.
Translations
إنْقِضاضيَنْقَض عَلى
střemhlavý letvrhnout se
nedslag
dÿfa, steypiflugsteypa sér niîur
smigimassmigtivienu pradėjimu
mešanās virsū/lejupmesties virsū/lejup
strmhlavý let
üstüne çullanmaüstüne çullanmak

swoop

[swuːp]
A. N [of bird] → descenso m súbito; (by police) → redada f (on de) at one fell swoopde un solo golpe
B. VI [bird] (also swoop down) → abatirse, lanzarse en picado (on sobre) [police] → hacer una redada (on en) the plane swooped low over the villageel avión se lanzó en picado y pasó en vuelo rasante sobre el pueblo
the police swooped on the club and arrested eight suspectsla policía hizo una redada en el club y detuvo a ocho sospechosos
he swooped on this mistakese lanzó sobre este error

swoop

[ˈswuːp]
n
(by police, soldiers)descente f
to make a swoop on sth → faire une descente sur qch
[bird, plane] → descente f en piqué, piqué m
The swallow made another dazzling swoop through the air → L'hirondelle fit un autre piqué vertigineux.
(= go) in one fell swoop, at one fell swoop → d'un seul coup d'un seul
vi
(also swoop down) [bird, plane] → descendre en piqué, piquer
[police, troops] → faire une descente
to swoop on sth → faire une descente sur qch

swoop

vi (lit: also swoop down, bird) → herabstoßen, niederstoßen (→ on auf +acc); (plane)einen Sturzflug machen; (fig, police) → einen Überraschungsangriff machen (→ on auf +acc) → or landen (inf)(on bei); (person)sich stürzen (→ on auf +acc); the plane swooped low over the villagedas Flugzeug flog im Tiefflug über das Dorf hinweg; the police swooped on 8 suspectsdie Polizei schlug überraschend bei 8 Verdächtigen zu; they’re just waiting to swoopdie lauern nur darauf zuzuschlagen
n (of bird, plane)Sturzflug m; (by police) → Razzia f (→ on in +dat, → on sb bei jdm); to make a swoop (bird) → herabstoßen (→ on auf +acc); at or in one (fell) swoopauf einen Schlag

swoop

[swuːp]
1. n (of bird) → picchiata; (by police) swoop (on)incursione f (in)
in one fell swoop → in un colpo solo
2. vi (bird) (also swoop down) → scendere in picchiata; (police) to swoop (on)fare un'incursione (in)
the plane swooped low over the village → l'aereo è sceso in picchiata sul villaggio

swoop

(swuːp) verb
to rush or fly downwards. The owl swooped down on its prey.
noun
an act of swooping.
at one fell swoop
all at the same time; in a single movement or action.
References in classic literature ?
It was delightful to be rid of Seesaw's hateful presence; but otherwise the loss of several playmates at one fell swoop made rather a gap in Riverboro's "younger set," and Rebecca was obliged to make friends with the Robinson baby, he being the only long-clothes child in the village that winter.
I invested the whole of my capital, at one fell swoop, in advertisements, and purchased my drugs and my pill-boxes on credit.
All in a moment, with nothing to lead up to it, my sister would stop herself in a yawn, and catching sight of me as it were incidentally, would swoop upon me with, "Come
Next day's march brings them within our reach, and, falcon-ways, we swoop on them at once.
So that, Sancho, it will not do for us to uncover ourselves, for he who has us in charge will be responsible for us; and perhaps we are gaining an altitude and mounting up to enable us to descend at one swoop on the kingdom of Kandy, as the saker or falcon does on the heron, so as to seize it however high it may soar; and though it seems to us not half an hour since we left the garden, believe me we must have travelled a great distance.
Somewhat as two vultures may swoop upon a dying lamb, Fettes and Macfarlane were to be let loose upon a grave in that green and quiet resting-place.
I felt as perhaps a bird may feel in the clear air, knowing the hawk wings above and will swoop.
As eagle-beaked, crook-taloned vultures from the mountains swoop down on the smaller birds that cower in flocks upon the ground, and kill them, for they cannot either fight or fly, and lookers on enjoy the sport--even so did Ulysses and his men fall upon the suitors and smite them on every side.
The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.
In a single night a swoop was made through the neighboring pastures by the Blackfeet, and eighty-six of the finest horses carried off.
Dinah was a riddle to her; Hetty looked at her much in the same way as one might imagine a little perching bird that could only flutter from bough to bough, to look at the swoop of the swallow or the mounting of the lark; but she did not care to solve such riddles, any more than she cared to know what was meant by the pictures in the Pilgrim's Progress, or in the old folio Bible that Marty and Tommy always plagued her about on a Sunday.
With this Menelaus left them, looking round him as keenly as an eagle, whose sight they say is keener than that of any other bird--however high he may be in the heavens, not a hare that runs can escape him by crouching under bush or thicket, for he will swoop down upon it and make an end of it--even so, O Menelaus, did your keen eyes range round the mighty host of your followers to see if you could find the son of Nestor still alive.