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  • Hilt and portion of blade of a swept-hilt rapier excavated at Jamestown of the 1600-1610 period
    Hilt and portion of blade of a swept-hilt rapier excavated at Jamestown of the 1600-1610 period
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj swept possessing sweep "the sleek swept wings of the plane"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An American cow called Fawn was not afraid of flying. In May 1963, she was swept up by a tornado and carried half a mile, only to land safely in another farmer's field. Five years later, another tornado carried her over a bus. She survived this too, and lived to the ripe old age of 25.
    • Swept imp. & p. p. of Sweep.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When the Black Death swept across England one theory was that cats caused the plague. Thousands were slaughtered. Ironically, those that kept their cats were less affected, because they kept their houses clear of the real culprits, rats.
    • n swept Preterit and past participle of sweep.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tiny dust particles surround a comet. They are swept into a long tail by the solar wind, which consists of subatomic particles speeding from the sum at speed of hundred of miles per second.
    • pa.t., pa.p Swept swept of sweep.
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  • Clarence Day
    Clarence Day
    “You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own.”
  • James A. Froude
    “No person is ever good for much, that hasn't been swept off their feet by enthusiasm between ages twenty and thirty.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist. He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense, that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “Once blood is shed in a national quarrel reason and right are swept aside by the rage of angry men.”


In literature:

It had been swept by the Mercutian Light and destroyed by fire.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
With a dash the panting company swept into the station square.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
The rushing winds that had swept the wide plain all summer had come to rest; the air was sharp and still.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
The drive swept round a beautifully kept lawn and vanished through a stone gateway leading into the stable-yard.
"To Love" by Margaret Peterson
A wave of disgust swept over him.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
She laughed as she swept her glance round the car.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
Boldly his admiring eyes swept her.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
With a practiced movement he swept his sword back behind him, out of his way.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Squadron after squadron swept to battle formation.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
In the night, the wind swept the whole pack in, to the last lagging pan.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
They had diminished their enemies by a third, and full of confidence they swept down upon the other two.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The Secret Agents swept the cold sweat from their brows, and sighs of terror escaped them all.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Overwhelmed by the yearning that swept over him, Kent leaned back against his pillows and covered his eyes.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
In the dense forest they sought refuge from the icy gale which swept over the ocean.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
For several minutes Carnes swept the hills before an exclamation from the doctor told him to pause.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
He swept her along and dazzled her.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Perfectly withering volleys of lead swept the tops of the oats just over us.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
It swept my soul like a cleansing fire.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
A good deal of fresh snow had drifted in, but they swept it out, brought in fresh balsam twigs for couches, and lighted a roaring fire.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
Red Flight swept north now in a steep, battering turn.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery

In poetry:

Our first and best!--his ashes lie
Beneath his own Virginian sky.
Forgive, forget, O true and just and brave,
The storm that swept above thy sacred grave.
"The Vow Of Washington" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Youth, hope, and love, we gave her silent way,
Calm as a sigh she swept us all;
Then swiftly, as a word leans to a thought,
We saw her lean to him, and fall
"Stronger Than Death" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Ah, happy am I that have eyes that can see,
Ears that can hear and a heart that can be,
Caught by the wind in the musical grass,
And swept by the wings of the shadows that pass.
"Ears That Can Hear And Eyes That Can See" by R S Ward
Often enough the leaves have fallen there
Since life for her was changed to other care;
Often enough the winds that swept the wave
And mocked my woe, have moaned over her grave.
"A Song Of Another. For Eoghan" by Thomas MacDonagh
“In la sua volontade è nostra pace.”
O mighty river! strong, eternal Will,
Wherein the streams of human good and ill
Are onward swept, conflicting, to the sea!
The world is safe because it floats in Thee.
"The Great River" by Henry Van Dyke
"Here," they say, "were you happy on a morn of Spring,
Here sang your heart like a harp that the wind swept;
Here are paths that are holy by the dreams they bring,
Here in a grey gloaming you lay down and wept."
"The Grey Comrades" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS — The Democrats swept the race for Bergen County's Board of Chosen Freeholders, adding two seats and taking control of the board.
More than 60 houses were swept away.
Check out the video of a trash can swept up in the deluge.
Ninos Yacoub was one of three hikers swept over a waterfall in July.
Long gone are Justin Bieber's signature side-swept bangs that he made his debut with on the Hollywood scene.
The Yreka High School cross country team continued its torrid pace on Wednesday as they swept their second straight Northern Athletic League Center Meet.
The avalanche swept away climbers on a Himalayan peak in Nepal on Sunday, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing, officials said.
Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler Jr said at 6 pm that the standoff at Omanii's Lemonade Heaven at 1206 South Ave ended when the department's Emergency Response Team swept the building.
SEDALIA — The Jefferson City tennis team swept through the doubles matches on its way to a 6-3 win against Sedalia Smith-Cotton on Thursday to close out the regular season.
Senior Kim Rudeen (32nd) is the only returning varsity runner for BK, which swept the district and state titles.
State and federal officials say Hawaii fishermen have found a 16-foot Japanese skiff swept out to sea by last year's tsunami and brought it to Honolulu.
HONOLULU (AP) — State and federal officials say Hawaii fishermen have found a 16-foot Japanese skiff swept out to sea by last year's tsunami and brought it to Honolulu.
Soccer ball swept up by Japanese tsunami found in Alaska.
Debris swept away in the tsunami that struck Japan, March 11, 2011.
Democrats swept every race in the county that was contested, and many of those by wide margins.

In science:

For Rcen ≪ r ≪ a◦ t, ρi ∝ r−3/2, so the swept-up mass varies as r3/2, while the shell’s momentum grows linearly with time.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
Pn of the locus swept out by the curves in B (a.).
Normal bundles of rational curves in projective spaces
Furthermore we can explore how the network changes its structure as the mean of the degree distribution, z, is swept over a range of values.
Tomography of random social networks
By compactness, there exists a constant C > 0 such that the volume swept out in time t is greater than tCVol(BF (x, ǫ)).
A higher dimensional generalization of taut foliations
The over-pressure in the ionized region sets up a swept-up shell further out.
The Planetary Nebula population of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy
For an ambient space X, a subset L is covered (resp. swept out) by subsets Di (i ∈ I ) if L ⊂ Si∈I Di (resp. L = Si∈I Di ).
Algebraic fiber space whose generic fiber and base space are of almost general type
From Kawamata, the divisor E is swept out by a family {Cλ} of µ-exceptional rational curves.
Algebraic fiber space whose generic fiber and base space are of almost general type
RFIM, Vives et al conjectured that when the external field H is swept from −∞ to ∞, flipped spins cannot flip back in the equilibrium M (H ) curve .
No-passing Rule in the Ground State Evolution of the Random-Field Ising Model
The scope of such a model is that gravitation can be described in a point- or stringlike fashion, as the worldvolume swept out by the motion of a three-dimensional spacelike brane evolving in a higherdimensional bulk spacetime .
Ostrogradski approach for the Regge-Teitelboim type cosmology
The probe frequency w can be swept around the pump frequency with a detuning d = w− wP .
Threshold of a random laser based on Raman gain in cold atoms
The combined specific momentum (for the knot plus the swept-up gas) will decrease, so the knot will slow down.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
Third, there must be some amount of gas being swept-up by the expanding knots, and this can only decelerate the knots to some extent.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
The density of the swept up gas will also depend on the scenario, with the interstellar medium assumed to have a constant density.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
Let Φ(X ) ⊂ X be the surface swept out by lines.
Simple finite subgroups of the Cremona group of rank 3
The Landau-Zener formula provides the probability of non-adiabatic transitions occuring when two energy levels are swept through an avoided crossing.
A simple approach to the Landau-Zener formula