• Swooping from the west
    Swooping from the west
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v swoop seize or catch with a swooping motion
    • v swoop move down on as if in an attack "The raptor swooped down on its prey","The teacher swooped down upon the new students"
    • v swoop move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc
    • n swoop a swift descent through the air
    • n swoop a very rapid raid
    • n swoop (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale "the violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Marion and His Men Swooping Down on a British Camp Marion and His Men Swooping Down on a British Camp

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Swoop A falling on and seizing, as the prey of a rapacious bird; the act of swooping. "The eagle fell, . . . and carried away a whole litter of cubs at a swoop ."
    • Swoop To descend with closed wings from a height upon prey, as a hawk; to stoop.
    • Swoop To fall on at once and seize; to catch while on the wing; as, a hawk swoops a chicken.
    • Swoop To pass with pomp; to sweep.
    • Swoop To seize; to catch up; to take with a sweep. "And now at last you came to swoop it all.""The grazing ox which swoops it [the medicinal herb] in with the common grass."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swoop To move along with a rush; sweep; pass with pomp.
    • swoop To descend upon, or as if upon, prey suddenly from a height, as a hawk; stoop.
    • swoop To fall on at once and seize; dash upon and seize while on the wing: often with up: as, a hawk swoops a chicken; a kite swoops up a mouse.
    • swoop To seize; catch up; take with a sweep.
    • n swoop The sudden pouncing of a rapacious bird on its prey; a falling on and seizing, as of a bird on its prey; hence, a sudden descent, as of a body of troops; a sweeping movement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Swoop swōōp to sweep down upon: to take with a sweep: to catch while on the wing: to catch up
    • v.i Swoop to descend with a sweep
    • n Swoop the act of swooping: a seizing, as a bird on its prey
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  • Sun Tzu
    “The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.”
  • John Webster
    John Webster
    “Fortune's a right whore. If she give ought, she deals it in small parcels, that she may take away all at one swoop.”


One fell swoop - If something is done at one fell swoop, it is done in a single period of activity, usually swiftly and ruthlessly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. swopen, usually, to sweep, As. swāpan, to sweep, to rush; akin to G. schweifen, to rove, to ramble, to curve, OHG. sweifan, to whirl, Icel. sveipa, to sweep; also to AS. swīfan, to move quickly. Cf. Sweep Swift (a.) & (n.) Swipe Swivel


In literature:

Meat-hawks, their fluffy plumage smoothed to alertness, swooped here and there.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
As I looked, it suddenly came swooping down, and sat upon the white dome.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
It blotted out hill and dale and enemy in one grey curtain of swooping water.
"From Capetown to Ladysmith" by G. W. Steevens
So startlingly unforeseen was the swoop into blue space that I recoiled hastily, feeling a little dizzy.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
A very peaceful trek, quite different from the dazzling swoop that was threatened.
"Letters to Helen" by Keith Henderson
A hawk wheeled and swooped and floated far up in the dazzling air.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
And yet, when it did come, the Meccans were not expecting it, so silent, so sudden was the swoop of the conqueror.
"The Days of Mohammed" by Anna May Wilson
In this manner I got rid of several hundreds of the little trophies in one swoop.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
Three or four crows swooped upon it, and a lively scrimmage began for its possession.
"Ways of Wood Folk" by William J. Long
On this morning the first indication that they had that their time was up was the swooping down of a cluster of birds of death on all sides.
"S.O.S. Stand to!" by Reginald Grant

In poetry:

With sudden swoop, a brutal boy
Caught in his cap its fans of gold,
And forced them down with savage joy
Upon the path's defiling mould;
"The Butterfly" by John Lawson Stoddard
O strength, like flood on foemen pouring,
Or swoop of eagle from the sky,
Or as the rush through ocean roaring
When myriads from leviathan fly!
"The Death Of The Boar" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Now her hideous form comes swooping
From the thundering ramparts' height,
O'er the carnaged valley stooping,
Gorged with slaughter—horrid sight!
"Lines Suggested" by Janet Hamilton
No harmless dove, no bird that singeth,
Shudders to see him overhead;
The rush of his fierce swooping bringeth
To innocent hearts no thrill of dread.
"The Falcon" by James Russell Lowell
The wind last night was wild and strong,
It shriek'd, it whistl'd and it roar'd,
And went with whirl and swoop along,
'Mid falling trees and crashing board.
"The Pine Tree" by Thomas Frederick Young
Row, row, while the wind holds fair,
Six kings' brothers my banner bear:
On a golden field black swoops the raven
With fear on its wings from haven to haven.
"The Rowing-Song Of King Atli" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson

In news:

Feds swoop down on white supremacist gang in Texas.
Hawks swoop into regional final.
Do Parents of Young Adults Swoop Too Much.
2Dine4 Catering's Swoop House pop-up restaurant offers tasty options.
Supper Friends is the pop-up restaurant created by 2Dine4 Catering in the cozy Swoop House (3012).
Safety swoop shuts building sites.
Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP salaries, pension reform at City Hall, helicopters swoop over Carmageddon.
Vogue's September issue: Boosting the spirit and economy in one fell swoop .
Fed Hawks Swoop In to Make Case Against More Easing.
Teddy bears swoop in with human rights support, bring down two Belarus generals.
'Vultures' Swoop In For Deals In Debt-Ridden Spain.
New Orleans swoop on power forward Davis.
INTERVIEWS Damon Albarn Kills Hopes for Blur and Gorillaz in One Fell Swoop .
Inside the mask with Swoop , Butch, Skitch and Walker D Plank.
Eagles Cheerleaders swoop in to 6abc.

In science:

And with this, in one fell swoop, he dismissed as irrelevant the philosophical considerations of the founding fathers of quantum mechanics.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
In fact if we are working with the relativistic version of the theory Belot’s selfLFE would follow from the rest of the theory. This is because the only way to . 15 This would quash all three make (Eq.4) covariant is to set g(B Bself) = qBself objections (B1)-(B3) in one fell swoop.
Frisch, Muller and Belot on an Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics
For, as Immanuel Kant emphasized, otherwise one could ask “what was there before?” General relativity toppled this Newtonian paradigm in one fell swoop.
Singularity Resolution in Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Brief Overview
We use representation theory to prove the result in one fell swoop.
Representation Theory of Finite Semigroups, Semigroup Radicals and Formal Language Theory