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Swap vs. Sweep: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 29, 2023
Swap refers to exchanging one thing for another, while sweep involves cleaning or moving something in one direction with a brush or tool.
Swap vs. Sweep

Key Differences

Swap is the act of exchanging one item or service for another, often without the use of money. Sweep, in contrast, generally refers to the action of cleaning a surface by moving a broom or similar tool across it.
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In a swap, two parties mutually agree to trade items of similar value. Sweep, however, is typically a solo activity focused on clearing or cleaning an area.
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Swapping can also occur in a figurative sense, like swapping ideas in a conversation. Sweeping can also be metaphorical, such as sweeping changes implying a broad, comprehensive shift.
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Swap implies a two-way interaction, where both parties gain something new. In sweeping, the primary goal is to remove or collect debris or dust from a surface.
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Swaps can occur in various contexts, from casual exchanges to complex financial transactions. Sweeping, while often associated with cleaning, can also describe a wide, continuous movement in other contexts, like a landscape.
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Basic Definition

Exchange of items or services.
Cleaning or moving something with a tool.
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Nature of Action

Mutual and reciprocal.
Typically solo and unidirectional.
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Figurative Use

Exchanging ideas or roles.
Broad, comprehensive changes or movements.
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Primary Goal

Acquire something in return.
Clear or clean a surface or area.
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Contexts of Use

From personal exchanges to finance.
From cleaning tasks to descriptive movements.
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Swap and Sweep Definitions

Swap

Swap can involve trading services without money.
They swap gardening tips for cooking lessons.
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Sweep

Sweep is used to describe a wide scope or range.
Her gaze swept over the crowd.
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Swap

Swap also occurs in financial contexts.
The traders executed a currency swap to hedge risks.
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Sweep

Sweep can be used metaphorically.
The fashion trend swept across the country.
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Swap

To trade one thing for another.
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Sweep

To clean or clear, as of dirt, with a broom or brush
Sweep a chimney.
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Swap

To exchange (one thing) for another.
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Sweep

To clear away with a broom or brush
Swept snow from the steps.
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Swap

An exchange of one thing for another.
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Sweep

To clear (a path or space) with a broom or brush.
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Swap

A contract in which two parties agree to exchange periodic interest payments, especially when one payment is at a fixed rate and the other varies according to the performance of a reference rate, such as the prime rate.
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Sweep

To search thoroughly
The counselors swept the dormitory during the fire drill.
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Swap

(transitive) To exchange or give (something) in an exchange (for something else).
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Sweep

To search for and remove (electronic eavesdropping devices) from a place
Swept the room for bugs.
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Swap

To hit, to strike.
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Sweep

To touch or brush lightly, as with a trailing garment
Willow branches sweeping the ground.
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Swap

To beat the air, or ply the wings, with a sweeping motion or noise; to flap.
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Sweep

To pass over or through a surface or medium with a continuous movement
He swept the sponge over the tile. The conductor swept her baton through the air.
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Swap

To descend or fall; to rush hastily or violently.
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Sweep

To clear, drive, or convey with relentless force
The flood waters swept away everything in their path.
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Swap

An exchange of two comparable things.
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Sweep

To wipe out at a single stroke. Often used with away
The incident in effect swept away all her dreams.
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Swap

(finance) A financial derivative in which two parties agree to exchange one stream of cashflow against another stream.
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Sweep

To remove or carry off with a swift brushing motion
Swept the cards off the table.
Swept the child into his arms.
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Swap

Space available in a swap file for use as auxiliary memory.
How much swap do you need?
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Sweep

To move across or through swiftly or broadly
News of the lunar landing swept the country.
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(Cantab slang) A social meal at a restaurant between two university societies, usually involving drinking and banter; commonly associated with fining and pennying; equivalent to a crewdate at Oxford University.
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Sweep

To pass quickly across, as when searching
His gaze swept the horizon.
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Swap

A blow; a stroke.
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Sweep

To drag the bottom of (a body of water).
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Swap

To strike; - with off.
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Sweep

To win all games in (a series) or all stages of (a contest)
Swept the World Series.
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Swap

To exchange (usually two things of the same kind); to swop.
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Sweep

To win overwhelmingly in
The opposition party swept the election.
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Swap

To fall or descend; to rush hastily or violently.
All suddenly she swapt adown to ground.
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Sweep

To clean or clear a surface with a broom or brush.
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Swap

To beat the air, or ply the wings, with a sweeping motion or noise; to flap.
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Sweep

To search an area for something.
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Swap

A blow; a stroke.
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Sweep

To search for and remove electronic eavesdropping devices.
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Swap

An exchange; a barter.
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Sweep

To move swiftly or broadly
The wind swept over the plain.
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Swap

Hastily.
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Sweep

To move swiftly in a lofty manner, as if in a trailing robe
She swept by in silence.
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Swap

An equal exchange;
We had no money so we had to live by barter
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Sweep

To trail, as a long garment.
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Swap

Exchange or give (something) in exchange for
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Sweep

To extend gracefully, especially in a long curve
The hills sweep down to the sea.
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Swap

Move (a piece of a program) into memory, in computer science
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Sweep

To extend in a wide range
Searchlights swept across the sky.
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Swap

Swap means to exchange one thing for another.
We decided to swap books after finishing our own.
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Sweep

A clearing out or removal with a broom or brush.
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Swap

Swap implies a mutual agreement between parties.
The two companies swapped data to mutual benefit.
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Sweep

A thorough search of an area
A police sweep for drug dealers.
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Swap

Swap can be used in a figurative sense.
Let's swap roles in the next game.
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Sweep

A search for and removal of electronic eavesdropping devices, as in a room.
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Sweep

A wide curving motion
A sweep of the arm.
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A curve or contour that resembles the path of sweeping motion
The sweep of her hair.
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Sweep

An extent or stretch
A sweep of green lawn.
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Sweep

Range or scope
The broad sweep of history.
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(Football) An end run in which one or more linemen leave the line of scrimmage and block in advance of the ball carrier.
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One who sweeps, especially a chimney sweep.
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Sweeps Sweepings.
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The winning of all stages of a game or contest.
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An overwhelming victory or success.
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A long oar used to propel a boat.
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A long pole attached to a pivot and used to raise or lower a bucket in a well.
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Sweeps (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Informal Sweepstakes.
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Sweeps The period each fall, winter, and spring when television ratings are accrued and studied and advertising rates are reset.
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The national survey of local stations that is conducted to determine these ratings.
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Sweep

The steady motion of an electron beam across a cathode-ray tube.
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Sweep

(transitive) To clean (a surface) by means of a stroking motion of a broom or brush.
To sweep a floor, the street, or a chimney
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Sweep

(intransitive) To move through a (horizontal) arc or similar long stroke.
The wind sweeps across the plain.
The offended countess swept out of the ballroom.
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Sweep

(transitive) To search (a place) methodically.
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Sweep

To travel quickly.
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(cricket) To play a sweep shot.
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Sweep

(curling) To brush the ice in front of a moving stone, causing it to travel farther and to curl less.
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Sweep

To move something in a long sweeping motion, as a broom.
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Sweep

To win (a series) without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.
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To defeat (a team) in a series without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.
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Sweep

(military) To clear (a body of water or part thereof) of mines.
The channel was swept twice before the battlefleet proceeded through it.
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(transitive) To remove something abruptly and thoroughly.
She swept the peelings off the table onto the floor.
The wind sweeps the snow from the hills.
The flooded river swept away the wooden dam.
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Sweep

To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.
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To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion.
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Sweep

To strike with a long stroke.
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Sweep

(rowing) To row with one oar to either the port or starboard side.
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(nautical) To draw or drag something over.
To sweep the bottom of a river with a net
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Sweep

To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation.
To sweep the heavens with a telescope
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Sweep

To vacuum a carpet or rug.
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Sweep

A single action of sweeping.
Give the front steps a quick sweep to get rid of those fallen leaves.
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Sweep

The person who steers a dragon boat.
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A person who stands at the stern of a surf boat, steering with a steering oar and commanding the crew.
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Sweep

A chimney sweep.
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A methodical search, typically for bugs electronic listening devices.
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(cricket) A batsman's shot, played from a kneeling position with a swinging horizontal bat.
Bradman attempted a sweep, but in fact top edged the ball to the wicket keeper
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A lottery, usually on the results of a sporting event, where players win if their randomly chosen team wins.
Jim will win fifty dollars in the office sweep if Japan wins the World Cup.
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A flow of water parallel to shore caused by wave action at an ocean beach or at a point or headland.
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(aviation) The degree to which an aircraft's wings are angled backwards (or, occasionally, forwards) from their attachments to the fuselage.
The MiG-17's inner wing has 45 degrees of sweep.
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(martial arts) A throw or takedown that primarily uses the legs to attack an opponent's legs.
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Violent and general destruction.
The sweep of an epidemic disease
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(metalworking) A movable template for making moulds, in loam moulding.
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(card games) In the game casino, the act of capturing all face-up cards from the table.
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The compass of any turning body or of any motion.
The sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye
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Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, etc. away from a rectilinear line.
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A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them.
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(rowing) A rowing style in which each rower rows with oar on either the port or starboard side.
I am primarily a sweep rower.
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Sweep

The almond furnace.
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A long pole, or piece of timber, moved on a horizontal fulcrum fixed to a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well for drawing water.
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Sweep

Any of the blades of a windmill.
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(in the plural) The sweepings of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc.
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Any of several sea chubs in the family Kyphosidae (subfamily Scorpidinae).
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An expanse or a swath, a strip of land.
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To pass a broom across (a surface) so as to remove loose dirt, dust, etc.; to brush, or rub over, with a broom for the purpose of cleaning; as, to sweep a floor, the street, or a chimney. Used also figuratively.
I will sweep it with the besom of destruction.
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To drive or carry along or off with a broom or a brush, or as if with a broom; to remove by, or as if by, brushing; as, to sweep dirt from a floor; the wind sweeps the snow from the hills; a freshet sweeps away a dam, timber, or rubbish; a pestilence sweeps off multitudes.
The hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies.
I have already swept the stakes.
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Sweep

To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.
Their long descending train,With rubies edged and sapphires, swept the plain.
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To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion.
And like a peacock sweep along his tail.
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Sweep

To strike with a long stroke.
Wake into voice each silent string,And sweep the sounding lyre.
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To draw or drag something over; as, to sweep the bottom of a river with a net.
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To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation; as, to sweep the heavens with a telescope.
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To clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like.
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To brush swiftly over the surface of anything; to pass with switness and force, as if brushing the surface of anything; to move in a stately manner; as, the wind sweeps across the plain; a woman sweeps through a drawing-room.
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To pass over anything comprehensively; to range through with rapidity; as, his eye sweeps through space.
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Sweep

The act of sweeping.
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The compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep.
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The compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye.
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The compass of anything flowing or brushing; as, the flood carried away everything within its sweep.
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Violent and general destruction; as, the sweep of an epidemic disease.
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Direction and extent of any motion not rectlinear; as, the sweep of a compass.
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Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, or the like, away from a rectlinear line.
The road which makes a small sweep.
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One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper.
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A movable templet for making molds, in loam molding.
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The mold of a ship when she begins to curve in at the rungheads; any part of a ship shaped in a segment of a circle.
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The almond furnace.
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A long pole, or piece of timber, moved on a horizontal fulcrum fixed to a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well for drawing water.
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In the game of casino, a pairing or combining of all the cards on the board, and so removing them all; in whist, the winning of all the tricks (thirteen) in a hand; a slam.
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The sweeping of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc.
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A wide scope;
The sweep of the plains
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Someone who cleans soot from chimneys
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Winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
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A long oar used in an open boat
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(American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
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A movement in an arc;
A sweep of his arm
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Sweep across or over;
Her long skirt brushed the floor
A gasp swept cross the audience
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Sweep

Move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions;
The diva swept into the room
Shreds of paper sailed through the air
The searchlights swept across the sky
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Sweep

Sweep with a broom or as if with a broom;
Sweep the crumbs off the table
Sweep under the bed
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Sweep

Force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action;
They were swept up by the events
Don't drag me into this business
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Sweep

To cover or extend over an area or time period;
Rivers traverse the valley floor
The parking lot spans 3 acres
The novel spans three centuries
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Sweep

Clean by sweeping;
Please sweep the floor
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Sweep

Win an overwhelming victory in or on;
Her new show dog swept all championships
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Sweep

Cover the entire range of
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Sweep

Make a big sweeping gesture or movement
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Sweep

Sweep means to clean or clear a surface with a broom.
He swept the fallen leaves from the sidewalk.
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Sweep

Sweep can describe a wide, continuous movement.
The river sweeps through the valley.
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Sweep

Sweep can imply a comprehensive change or victory.
The new policy swept away old regulations.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What does sweep mean?

Sweep typically refers to cleaning or clearing a surface with a broom.
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What is a swap?

Swap is the act of exchanging one item or service for another.
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Can swap be used in finance?

Yes, swap is often used in finance to describe the exchange of financial instruments.
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Can sweep be used metaphorically?

Yes, sweep can be used metaphorically to describe comprehensive changes or wide impacts.
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Do swaps always involve physical items?

No, swaps can involve services, ideas, or digital goods.
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Does sweeping always involve a broom?

Mostly, but sweeping can also be done with other tools or even figuratively.
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Can swap be a temporary exchange?

Yes, swaps can be temporary or permanent, depending on the agreement.
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Is sweep only related to cleaning?

While commonly associated with cleaning, sweep can also describe wide, continuous movements or changes.
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Are swaps equitable?

Swaps are typically based on mutual agreement, but the value exchanged can vary.
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Can you swap intangible things like ideas?

Yes, you can swap intangible things like ideas, information, or opinions.
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In finance, what is a "swap"?

A financial "swap" is a contract where parties exchange cash flows or liabilities, often used for interest rate or currency exchange purposes.
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What is a "sweepstake"?

A "sweepstake" is a type of contest where prizes are awarded to randomly selected participants.
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Can "sweep" be used metaphorically?

Yes, "sweep" can be used metaphorically to describe actions that have a broad or profound impact.
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What is a "sweeping statement"?

A "sweeping statement" is a generalization or assertion that covers a wide range of situations or circumstances.
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What's the past tense of "swap"?

The past tense of "swap" is "swapped."
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Is "sweep" related to weather phenomena?

Yes, a "sweep" can refer to a gust of wind or a widespread weather pattern.
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What's the past tense of "sweep"?

The past tense of "sweep" is "swept."
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Can you "swap" emotions or feelings with someone?

No, "swap" is typically used for tangible items, not emotions or feelings.
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Are "swap" and "switch" synonyms?

They are similar, but "swap" suggests an exchange, while "switch" implies changing without necessarily receiving something in return.
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What is a "swapping algorithm" in computer science?

A "swapping algorithm" is used in virtual memory management to transfer data between the main memory and secondary storage.
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