Definition of sweeper in English:

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sweeper

Pronunciation: /ˈswēpər/

noun

1A person or device that cleans a floor or road by sweeping.
Example sentences
  • Two days ago I saw road sweepers and contractors cleaning the streets around Chessington and Hook and doing a good job of it.
  • Guards, policemen, cleaning ladies and road sweepers will all be dancing in the street this weekend to launch the BBC's marketing campaign for The Queen's Golden Jubilee.
  • Bagenalstown is to get a new ‘green machine’ - a mechanical sweeper to clean the streets of the town.
2A small nocturnal shoaling fish of reefs and coastal waters, occurring chiefly in the tropical Indo-Pacific.
  • Family Pempheridae: several genera and species, including the western Atlantic glassy sweeper (Pempheris schomburgki), with transparent young.
Example sentences
  • Around the pinnacles, lionfish and coral groupers lay ready to apprehend stragglers from the shoals of sweepers, while yellow-mouthed moray eels poked their heads from gaps in the coral as I passed.
  • Here we found lionfish, moray eels and sweepers.
  • Entirely encrusted with corals, Mawali is a lively reef, sheltering huge scorpionfish, nudibranchs, sweepers, flower groupers, lionfish and harlequin ghost pipefish.

Words that rhyme with sweeper

Arequipa, beeper, bleeper, creeper, Dnieper, keeper, leaper, peeper, reaper, sleeper, weeper

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Syllabification: sweep·er

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