Sweep may refer to any of the following:


* Chimney sweep
* Street sweeper
* To clean using a broom or brush


* A kind of oar used for guiding bateaus and similar boats
* In sport rowing, a boat that has only one oar per rower


* Sweep (football play)
* Sweep (martial arts)
* Sweep, a shot played in cricket
* A nickname for football player Shaun Wright-Phillips
* A team that wins an elimination series in the minimum possible number of games, or that wins all of its regular season games against a particular opponent, is said to have "swept" its opponent. Likewise a team that wins the gold, silver, and bronze medals in an event in the Olympic Games has "swept" the event.


* Sweep (Agricultural)


* bug sweeping
* minesweeping
* sweeping a circle or sector with a RADAR beam
* sweeping a circle of sector with a SONAR Beam

Other meanings

* Sweep (horse), a champion thoroughbred race horse
* Sweep (book series), a fictional series by Cate Tiernan
* Sweep (software), a digital audio editor
* Sweep (fish) a number of fish in the suborder Scorpidinae
* Sweep account, a kind of bank account
* Sweep line algorithm, a concept in computational geometry
* Sweep-picking, a guitar technique
* Swept wing, a layout of the wings on an airplane
* Sweeps, a system of calculating viewership for television programming
* Sweep (puppet), a character on the Sooty television show
* SWEEPS, the Sagittarius Window Eclipsing Extrasolar Planet Search.
* Sweep, abbreviation of sweepstake, a sales promotion or lottery
* A "sweep" is the sail of a windmill, particularly in Kent and Sussex.

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  • Sweep — Sweep, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swept}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sweeping}.] [OE. swepen; akin to AS. sw[=a]pan. See {Swoop}, v. i.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sweep — Sweep, n. 1. The act of sweeping. [1913 Webster] 2. The compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep. [1913 Webster] 3. The compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye. [1913 Webster] 4. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sweep — bezeichnet: Sweep (Sport), eine Siegesserie im Sport Sweep (Grafik), ein Verfahren in der Computergrafik Sweep Picking, eine Spieltechnik der Gitarre Sweep (Informatik), ein Verfahren in der Informatik Sweep (Software), ein Audioeditor für Linux… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sweep — [swēp] vt. swept, sweeping [ME swepen, akin to (or ? altered <) OE swapan: see SWOOP] 1. to clear or clean (a surface, room, etc.) as by brushing with a broom 2. to remove or clear away (dirt, debris, etc.) as with a broom or brushing movement …   English World dictionary

  • sweep — ► VERB (past and past part. swept) 1) clean (an area) by brushing away dirt or litter. 2) move or push with great force. 3) (sweep away/aside) remove or abolish swiftly and suddenly. 4) search or survey (an area). 5) pass or traverse swiftly and… …   English terms dictionary

  • sweep — [n1] range, extent ambit, breadth, compass, extension, latitude, length, orbit, purview, radius, reach, region, scope, span, stretch, vista; concepts 651,756,788 sweep [n2] movement arc, bend, course, curve, gesture, move, play, progress, stroke …   New thesaurus

  • sweep — (v.) c.1300, perhaps from a past tense form of M.E. swope sweep, from O.E. swapan to sweep (transitive & intransitive); see SWOOP (Cf. swoop). The noun meaning range, extent is attested from 1679; in ref. to police or military actions, it is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sweep — Sweep, v. i. 1. To clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like. [1913 Webster] 2. To brush swiftly over the surface of anything; to pass with switness and force, as if brushing the surface …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sweep — Sweep. См. Вращающийся шаблон. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • sweep — index coverage (scope), extent, gamut, range, scope, space Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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