AskDefine | Define sweeping

Dictionary Definition

sweeping adj
1 taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination; "a sweeping glance"; "a wide-sweeping view of the river"
2 ignoring distinctions; "sweeping generalizations"; "wholesale destruction" [syn: wholesale]
3 having broad range or effect; "had extensive press coverage"; "far-reaching changes in the social structure"; "sweeping reforms" [syn: extensive, far-reaching] n : the act of cleaning with a broom

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of sweep


  1. wide, broad, affecting many things
    The government will bring in sweeping changes to the income tax system.
    He loves making sweeping statements without the slightest evidence.


wide, broad, affecting many things

Extensive Definition

Sweep may refer to any of the following:



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



Other meanings

sweeping in German: Fegen
sweeping in Spanish: Basura (desambiguación)
sweeping in Japanese: スウィープ
sweeping in Swedish: Fegen

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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