- that sweeps; cleansing or carrying away with or as with a broom
- reaching in a long curve or line
- extending over the whole range or a great space
- extensive; comprehensive; thoroughgoing
- complete; decisive
- indiscriminate: a sweeping generalization
- [pl.] things swept up, as litter, refuse, etc. swept from a floor
- the act, work, etc. of a person or thing that sweeps
- Having wide-ranging influence or effect: sweeping changes.
- Moving in or as if in a wide curve: a sweeping gesture; a sweeping glance.
- Indiscriminate; wholesale: sweeping generalizations.
- Overwhelming; complete: a sweeping victory.
- The action of one that sweeps.
- sweepings Things swept up; refuse.
- Present participle of sweep.
(countable and uncountable, plural sweepings)
- (countable) An instance of sweeping.
- The sidewalk needed a sweeping every morning.
- (uncountable) The activity of sweeping.
- Sweeping took all morning.
- The sidewalk needed sweeping every morning.
(comparative more sweeping, superlative most sweeping)