I. noun Date: 14th century 1. the act or action of one that sweeps <
gave the room a good sweeping
2. plural things collected by sweeping ; refuse II. adjective Date: 1573 1. a. moving or extending in a wide curve or over a wide area b. having a curving line or form 2. a. extensive <
sweeping reforms
b. marked by wholesale and indiscriminate inclusion <
sweeping generalities
sweepingly adverbsweepingness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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