English to English
1. Cleaning off surfaces, or cleaning away dust, dirt, or litter, as a broom does; moving with swiftness and force; carrying everything before it; including in its scope many persons or things; as, a sweeping flood; a sweeping majority; a sweeping accusation.
2. taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination
a sweeping glance|a wide-sweeping view of the river
3. ignoring distinctions
sweeping generalizations|wholesale destruction
4. the act of cleaning with a broom