sweepings Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of cleaning with a broom
  2. verb sweep across or over
    brush; sweep.
    • Her long skirt brushed the floor
    • A gasp swept cross the audience
  3. verb move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
    sail; sweep.
    • The diva swept into the room
    • Shreds of paper sailed through the air
    • The searchlights swept across the sky
  4. verb sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
    broom; sweep.
    • Sweep the crumbs off the table
    • Sweep under the bed
  5. verb force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
    embroil; sweep; drag; drag in; sweep up; tangle.
    • They were swept up by the events
    • don't drag me into this business
  6. verb to cover or extend over an area or time period
    traverse; span; cross; sweep.
    • Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres
    • The novel spans three centuries
  7. verb clean by sweeping
    • Please sweep the floor
  8. verb win an overwhelming victory in or on
    • Her new show dog swept all championships
  9. verb cover the entire range of
  10. verb make a big sweeping gesture or movement
    sweep; swing out; swing.


Sweep"ings noun plural
  1. Things collected by sweeping; rubbish; as, the sweepings of a street.

Webster 1913