What does the word swept mean?

Usage examples for swept

  1. He swept his hand round to the west of the mountain. – The Young Forester by Zane Grey
  2. Esther herself was more astonished than Hazard at the force of this feeling which swept her away. – Esther by Henry Adams
  3. There is this much to be said for the lodging- houses, however, that it is a ticklish subject to approach until the city as a municipality has swept before its own door. – The Children of the Poor by Jacob A. Riis