A broom is a cleaning tool consisting of usually stiff fibers (often made of materials such as plastic, hair, or corn husks) attached to, and roughly parallel to, a cylindrical handle, the broomstick. It is thus a variety of brush with a long handle. It is commonly used in combination with a dustpan.
A distinction is made between a "hard broom" and a "soft broom". Soft brooms are for sweeping walls of cobwebs and spiders. Hard brooms are for sweeping dirt off sidewalks.
present participle of sweep
An instance of sweeping.
"The sidewalk needed a sweeping every morning."
The activity of sweeping.
"Sweeping took all morning."
"The sidewalk needed sweeping every morning."
wide, broad, affecting or touching upon many things
"The government will bring in sweeping changes to the income tax system."
"He loves making sweeping statements without the slightest evidence."
"He claimed a sweeping victory."
A domestic utensil with fibers bound together at the end of a long handle, used for sweeping.
An implement with which players sweep the ice to make a stone travel further and curl less; a sweeper.
Any of several yellow-flowered shrubs of the family Fabaceae, in the tribe Genisteae, including genera Cytisus, Genista, and noshow=1, with long, thin branches and small or few leaves.
To sweep with a broom.
To improve the embedding of a membrane by using a broom or squeegee to smooth it out and ensure contact with the adhesive under the membrane.
extending or performed in a long, continuous curve
"sweeping, desolate moorlands"
"a smooth sweeping motion"
wide in range or effect
"we cannot recommend any sweeping alterations"
(of a statement) taking no account of particular cases or exceptions; too general
"a sweeping assertion"
dirt or refuse collected by sweeping
"the sweepings from the house"
A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound together; esp., the Cytisus scoparius of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with long, straight, green, angular branches, minute leaves, and large yellow flowers.
An implement for sweeping floors, etc., commonly made of the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound together or attached to a long wooden handle; - so called because originally made of the twigs of the broom.
a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle
any of various shrubs of the genera Cytisus or Genista or Spartium having long slender branches and racemes of yellow flowers
common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
sweep with a broom or as if with a broom;
"Sweep the crumbs off the table"
"Sweep under the bed"
finish with a broom