What does the word sweep mean?

Usage examples for sweep

  1. It would have been of no use to follow the course of the shore, for the waves ran still higher there on account of the greater sweep the wind had. – Canoeing in the wilderness by Henry David Thoreau
  2. The States, not much wiser after the experience of Nieuport, were again desirous that Maurice should march into Flanders, relieve Ostend, and sweep the archduke into the sea. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. Let your mind sweep over your record for the past year. – Sowing and Reaping by Dwight Moody