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sweeping Line breaks: sweep|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈswiːpɪŋ/

Definition of sweeping in English:


1Extending or performed in a long, continuous curve: sweeping, desolate moorlands a smooth sweeping motion
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  • This was previously Ben Stevenson's place, she says, her buff arms extending in a sweeping motion to encompass the townhouse living room.
  • A rich brew of extended lines, sweeping curves, off-kilter balances, de Schynkel's vocabulary is expressive without being literal.
  • High above Kresna, we were following a trail through the foothills of Pirin, and were being treated to a sweeping panorama that seemingly extended all the way to Greece.
broad, extensive, expansive, vast, spacious, roomy, boundless, panoramic
2Wide in range or effect: we cannot recommend any sweeping alterations
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  • The government plans to give sweeping powers to a wide range of organisations to spy on us.
  • Berlusconi then reverted to his normal strategy by pleading for several more years to put into effect the sweeping reforms he had promised on his election.
  • There is a well-known method for examining deaths involving a range of sweeping issues - the provincial inquest system.
2.1(Of a statement) taking no account of particular cases or exceptions; too general: a sweeping assertion
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  • The only possible exception to this sweeping statement would be Karl Marx - and Marx himself was heavily influenced by Hegel.
  • Making a generalised and sweeping statement on every politician and the whole system was an irresponsible act.
  • There was a general sweeping statement, because, of course, it does not have the World Health Organization findings.
wholesale, blanket, over-general, general, inclusive, all-inclusive, unqualified, indiscriminate, universal, oversimplified, imprecise


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Dirt or refuse collected by sweeping: the sweepings from the house
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  • Grading land with yard rubbish, sweepings, and other refuse also planted weeds and seeds on vacant land.
  • And he walked right through my sweepings. ‘Look at this stuff,’ he said, kicking it away.’
  • Sadly, if it continues, that is what is threatening to become of the great Liberal Party tradition: a cold-hearted butcher to the withering slab of the Australian body, and the public get sausages for policy from the sweepings off the floor.


Pronunciation: /ˈswiːpɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • From there it proceeded rather tamely and conventionally, with piano first and then both instruments, from which develops a dialog and soon gentle, even sweepingly melodic sections.
  • I'll respect Sean to kindly stop using my name as associated with any sweepingly inaccurate positions as he sees fit.
  • The perception of the West as a capitalist and deeply materialistic place should not be sweepingly applied.
Pronunciation: /ˈswiːpɪŋnəs/

Words that rhyme with sweeping

safekeeping, unsleeping
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