1) ADJ: ADJ n A sweeping curve is a long wide curve.

...the long sweeping curve of Rio's Guanabara Bay.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If someone makes a sweeping statement or generalization, they make a statement which applies to all things of a particular kind, although they have not considered all the relevant facts carefully.

It is far too early to make sweeping statements about gene therapy.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Sweeping changes are large and very important or significant.

The new government has started to make sweeping changes in the economy...

The armed forces would be given sweeping new powers.

...sweeping economic reforms.

4) See also sweep

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