1 brush, whisk, clean, clear, tidy up:
This weekend I have to sweep out the basement.
2 Often, sweep away. carry or take (away or off), destroy, wipe out, demolish, remove, wash (away); blow (away):
The raging torrent swept away the bridge. The wind swept the debris before it.
3 swoop, flounce, glide, sail, march, parade, skim, tear, dash, zoom:
Hattie swept into the room majestically.
4 curve, arc, arch, bend, bow, circle, turn:
The long drive to the house sweeps round the pond and gardens.
5 pass, clearance, stroke; purge:
In one clean sweep the police rounded up all the suspects.
6 curve, arc, arch, bow, bend, curvature, flexure:
Note the sweep of those main arches holding up the dome.
7 range, extent, compass, reach, stretch, scope, swing, span:
The Hubbell space telescope has a farther sweep than any on earth.