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sweep

1. the distance, arc, etc., through which something, such as a pendulum, moves
2. Cards
a. the winning of every trick in a hand of whist
b. the taking, by pairing, of all exposed cards in cassino
3. short for sweepstake
4. Cricket a shot in which the ball is hit more or less square on the leg side from a half-kneeling position with the bat held nearly horizontal
5. 
a. a long oar used on an open boat
b. Austral a person steering a surf boat with such an oar
6. any of the sails of a windmill
7. Electronics a steady horizontal or circular movement of an electron beam across or around the fluorescent screen of a cathode-ray tube

Sweep

 

a special device on minesweepers and helicopters that is used for the detection and destruction of mines (see). There are ship, motorboat, airplane, and coastal sweeps; sweeps adapted for river use are called river sweeps. Depending on their design and how they are used, sweeps are classified as single-ship, double-ship, surface, deep-water and bottom sweeps.

Sweeps are subdivided into two categories, depending on whether they make contact with the mines. Contact sweeps are intended for the destruction of moored contact mines; they may tow or mark the mines or cut the mooring lines. Noncontact or influence sweeps are designed to destroy bottom mines. They generate a magnetic, electromagnetic, or hydrodynamic field when moved, thus simulating the motion of a ship and actuating the mine fuzes.

What does it mean when you dream about sweeping?

A dream about sweeping is likely about clearing away something, either feelings or something else in our life we want to “clean up.” A dream about sweeping could also be drawing on one of the many expressions that use “sweep” metaphorically, such as “making a clean sweep,” “sweeping something under the carpet,” or “sweeping someone off their feet.”

sweep

[swēp]
(electronics)
The steady movement of the electron beam across the screen of a cathode-ray tube, producing a steady bright line when no signal is present; the line is straight for a linear sweep and circular for a circular sweep.
The steady change in the output frequency of a signal generator from one limit of its range to the other.
(metallurgy)
A profile pattern used to form molds for symmetrical articles made by sweep casting.
(ordnance)
Swift flight of a formation of combat airplanes over enemy territory.
To cover a wide area with gunfire.

sweep

1. Said of any large form or mass that curves; for example, the sweep of a curved wall.
2. A long pole, pivoted on a vertical post, to which a bucket is attached at one end; used to raise water from a well.
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Sweep offers basic services such as digital wallet, expense tracking and bills payment.
When he felt he was ready, Wilkinson undertook assessment by the Guild of Master Sweeps, passed his exams and was accepted as a member of the organisation.
The CSIA offers a certified chimney sweep program, and those who voluntarily get certified know they are expected to follow CSIA guidelines.
Joe's Chimney Sweep Services, her father's business in Allentown, Pennsylvania, when he decided to retire after the business was well established.
One of the many local sweeps was a lad called Joe Bilton, who was born in Albert Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle, in 1888.
The sweep rate and force generated are the principle factors that control the heat generated during sweeping.
Chimney sweeps clean the chimneys of open fires, and the flues for other heating systems and cooking appliances.
Jo and Chris now sweep chimneys from Swansea to Carmarthen, where they estimate there are around 35,000 homes with working flues.
1992) showed that when curve sawing 16-foot logs with similar sweep characteristics (ranging from 1.
What's unique is the Sweep Sensor technology built into the device," said David Klenske, director of product management at Lexar.
As I moved into college coaching, I took the Buck Sweep with me to Rutgers, Indiana University-PA, and Carnegie Mellon U.
The terminology sometimes used in hysteresis-loss measurements is: the first field sweep up is called the "initial branch," the field sweep down is the "descending branch," and the subsequent field sweep up is the "ascending branch.