a long swinging movement of your arm, a weapon etc:
With a single sweep of his sword, he cut through the rope.
2 [usually singular] British EnglishDHC
the act of cleaning a room with a long-handled brush:
The kitchen needs a good sweep.
a long curved line or area of land:
the wide sweep of lawn
the many different and important ideas, events, or qualities of something:
the broad sweep of history
4 [usually singular]
a search or attack that moves over a large area:
He watched the helicopter make a sweep over the beach.
5 also sweeps month/period American English
a period of time during the year when television stations try to find out which shows are the most popular
6 American English
a series of several games that one team wins against another team
a chimney sweep