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English definition of “sweep”

sweep

noun (MOVEMENT)    /swiːp/
[C] a movement, especially a quick, powerful one or one to search an area: With a sweep (= horizontal movement) of its tail, the alligator knocked her under the water.Shaking, swinging and vibrating [C] a long, often curved, area of land, sea, river, etc.: A broad sweep of flat countryside stretched to the horizon in all directions.Areas of land in generalSpace - general wordsTopics and areas of interest sweeps [plural] US a period of time when measurements of the number of people watching different television stations are made so that the cost of advertising on each station can be setTelevision
(Definition of sweep noun (MOVEMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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