• WordNet 3.6
    • n sweeper little-known nocturnal fish of warm shallow seas with an oblong compressed body
    • n sweeper a cleaning implement with revolving brushes that pick up dirt as the implement is pushed over a carpet
    • n sweeper an employee who sweeps (floors or streets etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sweeper One who, or that which, sweeps, or cleans by sweeping; a sweep; as, a carpet sweeper . "It is oxygen which is the great sweeper of the economy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sweeper One who or that which sweeps; a sweeping-machine.
    • n sweeper A tree growing on the margin of a stream, and overhanging the water at a sharp angle from the bank. It sometimes forms an excellent fishing-place.
    • n sweeper One who or that which removes the scale of protoxid of iron from any plate or beam or other piece of steel or iron undergoing the process of rolling in the rolling-mill. If this scale were left on the surface of the piece, being cooler and harder than the hot metal it would be rolled into the surface at the next pass, or make a blister or pock-mark. In older practice, the scale was swept off by twig-brooms or besoms: water currents are much used with larger masses.
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In literature:

These were the water carriers, washers and sweepers.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
It is time that the sweeper was here.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace
The sweeper he already knew.
"The Thunders of Silence" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
At last our mine-sweeper came in and we boarded her about 1.30 a.m. to-day.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
That was how he planned the vacuum sweepers, and the self-stop on the victrolas.
"Polly and Eleanor" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Better live a crossing-sweeper than die and be made to talk twaddle by a 'medium' hired at a guinea a seance.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
It has a lot of snags and sweepers and buried stuff.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
We were spotted by a mine-sweeper, and she raced to the rescue.
"Some Naval Yarns" by Mordaunt Hall
But, whether you are a business man or a road-sweeper, you can live the sanctified life.
"Standards of Life and Service" by T. H. Howard
A broom is best, because you can't get around the corners with a sweeper.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing

In poetry:

When hawthorn buds are creaming white,
And the red foolscap all stuck with may,
Then lasses walk with eyes alight,
And it's chimney-sweepers' dancing day.
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes
Then, hushing the riot of that mad throng,
And sweet as the voice of a long-dead May,
A wandering pedlar lifts 'em a song,
Of chimney-sweepers' dancing day;
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes
For Cheltenham town was cruel of old,
But she has been gathering garlands gay,
And the little wee lads are in green and gold,
For it's chimney-sweepers' dancing day.
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes
The Judges looked grave, as indeed well they might,
For one party was wrong, and the other not right;
The sweeper himself thought it cruel to sue
A man, just because he had nothing to do.
"Scire Facias" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
Fear no more the heat ‘o the sun,
Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou they worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta’en they wages:
Golden lads and girls all must
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
"Fear No More" by William Shakespeare
Upon the skirts of battle from Sluys to Trafalgar
We know that there were Small Craft — because there always are!
Yacht, sweeper, sloop, and drifter — to-day as yesterday
The big ships fight the battles — but Small Craft clear the way.
"Small Craft" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Jamestown Bowling Company is the site for the annual Thanksgiving Day Sweeper on Nov 22 at 10 am The entry fee is $25 for all bowlers rolling three games across six lanes.
Several of Sweepster's pickup sweepers feature a "T" handle quick pin that allows for tool free adjustment.
On an average week, two sweepers the department has will pick up somewhere around five tons of trash, which is then taken to the Newnan Transfer Station.
Elgin Sweeper enters marketing agreement with Challenger Manufacturing.
Man crashes casino floor sweeper .
Webroot AntiVirus with Spy Sweeper 2011. Review Date July 26, 2010.
WMI invests in sweeper to keep trash levels down.
Shark Euro-Pro Introduces Cordless Sweeper Feb 14, 2008 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Spy Sweeper 5.5 with Antivirus.
Spy Sweeper 's many layers of protection kept spyware out of a clean system quite effectively.
Spy Sweeper Digs Deep for Rootkits.
Spy Sweeper 's extreme makeover starts with a restyled Home tab that highlights what's most important—getting rid of spyware and shielding against attack.
Royal Appliance Recalls Sweeper Vac(TM) Jan 5, 2005 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Royal Appliance (Glenwillow, OH, U.S.), in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has voluntarily recalled its Dirt Devil(R) Sweeper Vac(TM).
It was edged out of an Editors' Choice this year only by Spy Sweeper 's slightly superior spyware removal abilities.

In science:

The improvements for the 2000 data run were the addition of a sweeper magnet in the beam-line to eliminate errors due to the AGS background, and an increase in the number of lost muon detectors in order to reduce the muon loss error.
The Muon Anomaly: Experiment and Theory
The sun is the main “planet sweeper” of the solar system.
Tidal Effects of Passing Planets and Mass Extinctions