Definition of upsweep in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌəpˈswēp/
[no object]
1Be arranged in an upswept fashion.
Example sentences
  • The leaves are glossy and green, covering the trunk from the ground up and the branches are upsweeping.
1.1 [with object] Sweep upward.
Example sentences
  • Laird and a member of his staff were outside with a customer's car, when sudden, heavy rain and harsh winds upsweeping dirt caused them to push the car inside the garage.
  • With this view I tried to capture the sense of being surrounded by upsweeping rocks that tilt up to the sky, while somehow providing just enough soil and water to nurture an occasional bush or tree.
  • The cows tend to be tall, angular and very feminine at maturity with upsweeping horns that acquire a lyre shaped twist with age.


Pronunciation: /ˈəpˌswēp/
1An upward rise or sweep: the gentle upsweep of the city wall
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  • A slight upsweep on the front blade edge adds a windswept-tanto feel to the blade and - no doubt - a bit more piercing power.
  • There is less elbow extension on the upsweep, and the hands exit nearer the waist than the hips.
  • It is not necessary for a swimmer to try to stroke in ‘S’ patterns or to think to move in downsweeps, outsweeps, insweeps and upsweeps.
1.1A marked rise in activity: catching the market at the start of its upsweep
2An upswept hairdo.
Example sentences
  • With her black hair in an upsweep, her Valentine-face in full makeup, her wide-shouldered rayon dress, and her high-heeled shoes, my mother looked as glamorous as the women in the ads of the department stores she'd be visiting.
  • To enhance the look, Scurry gave her what he terms good-looking undone hair by braiding the locks back into a fishtail-style upsweep from nape to crown, with a few loose locks softly framing her face.
  • The outlandish upsweep from the night before was disheveled, but still in tact as the pins still held the abundance of brunette locks together in certain places.

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Syllabification: up·sweep

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