1. (v. i.) 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.

2. (v. i.) 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.

3. (v. i.) To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.

4. (v. i.) To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion.

5. (v. i.) To strike with a long stroke.

6. (v. i.) To draw or drag something over; as, to sweep the bottom of a river with a net.

7. (v. i.) To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation; as, to sweep the heavens with a telescope.

8. (v. i.) To clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like.

9. (v. i.) To brush swiftly over the surface of anything; to pass with swiftness and force, as if brushing the surface of anything; to move in a stately manner; as, the wind sweeps across the plain; a woman sweeps through a drawing-room.

10. (v. i.) To pass over anything comprehensively; to range through with rapidity; as, his eye sweeps through space.

11. (n.) The act of sweeping.

12. (n.) The compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep.

13. (n.) The compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye.

14. (n.) The compass of anything flowing or brushing; as, the flood carried away everything within its sweep.

15. (n.) Violent and general destruction; as, the sweep of an epidemic disease.

16. (n.) Direction and extent of any motion not rectilinear; as, the sweep of a compass.

17. (n.) Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, or the like, away from a rectilinear line.

18. (n.) One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper.

19. (n.) A movable template for making molds, in loam molding.

20. (n.) The mold of a ship when she begins to curve in at the rung heads; any part of a ship shaped in a segment of a circle.

21. (n.) A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them.

22. (n.) The almond furnace.

23. (n.) A long pole, or piece of timber, moved on a horizontal fulcrum fixed to a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well for drawing water.

24. (n.) In the game of casino, a pairing or combining of all the cards on the board, and so removing them all; in whist, the winning of all the tricks (thirteen) in a hand; a slam.

25. (n.) The sweeping of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc.

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