• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sweep-net a net that embraces a large compass
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sw√°pan; Ger. schweifen, Cf. Swoop.


In literature:

The net of law is spread so wide, No sinner from its sweep may hide.
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Various
Unfortunately, such windfalls do not often find their way into my sweeping-net.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
Mrs. Hughie Wilson was sweeping her garden path, and called out to them that the church concert had netted 327 dollars; wasn't that pretty good?
"Martie the Unconquered" by Kathleen Norris
The canoe now makes a sweep and comes up to the opening, when the net is closed in upon it, and hauled inboard with its contents.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
Hundreds of ptarmigan are often thus caught by a single sweep of the net.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
To capture two thousand hearts at one sweep of the net!
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
Then as he turned round he saw a net sweeping toward him.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
Later on, sweeping, i.e, pushing a strong ring net through the grass, may be resorted to.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
With one sweep of the arm his net was torn aside and he leaped out with pistol drawn.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
She made an upward leap, and by a fortunate sweep of the net succeeded in capturing the prize.
"Bee and Butterfly" by Lucy Foster Madison

In news:

Fox's decision on "Dollhouse" isn't a surprise, as the net had already yanked the show from its Friday slot during November sweeps.
Fox's decision on " Dollhouse " isn't a surprise, as the net had already yanked the show from its Friday slot during November sweeps.
Weekend gang sweeps netted more than a dozen suspects and police say they're not done applying pressure on gang members.
Three men, guns and drugs netted in Nassau sweep.
Recently commercial fleets entered the Columbia River sweeping their nets clear across the river from the mouth to Beacon Rock and bragging about this success.
Timberwolf Jennifer Pribyl (left) jousts over the net with BDS Eagle in Exeter-Milligan's Tuesday night sweep in the D1-2 Subdistrict final in Hebron.
City nets sweep over Norwell.
Senior Maddie Hinen tips a ball at the net for a point in the Lady Eagles three-game sweep of Norwell at home Tuesday night.
Bergen drug dealer sweep nets four arrests, nearly $40,000 in cocaine.
Drug sweep nets 13 arrests in Cushing , Drumright areas.
Bergen child support sweep nets 51 alleged " deadbeat " parents.
Bergen drug dealer sweep nets four arrests, nearly $40,000 in cocaine.
Nighttime probation sweep nets 44 arrests.
Abby Pavlicek, left, uses a bug net to sweep for insects, while Emma Veverka, right, holds the insect bottle.
He is one of nine local men arrested during a sweep of Bosnian Serbs in December that netted 16 men from six states.