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1 (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale; "the violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides" [syn: slide]
2 a very rapid raid
3 a swift descent through the air


1 move down on as if in an attack; "The raptor swooped down on its prey"; "The teacher swooped down upon the new students" [syn: pounce]
2 move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc
3 seize or catch with a swooping motion [syn: swoop up]

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From swopen < swāpan, to sweep



  1. to plunge downwards suddenly; to nosedive
    The lone hawk swooped down into the lake, snatching and devouring its prey, a small fish.
  2. to rushedly do something, as if it was done with a sweeping movement
    The dog had enthusiastically swooped down on the bone.


to plunge downwards suddenly
to rushedly do something, as if it was done with a sweeping movement
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  • ttbc French: (verb) fondre sur, attaquer en piquer, s'abattre sur ; (noun) rafle, attaque surprise, attaque en piqué
  • Dutch: (verb) met een forse beweging de hoogte ingaan,


  1. an instance, or the act of suddenly plunging downward
    The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. – Sun Tzu
  2. an act of rushedly doing something
    Fortune's a right whore. If she give ought, she deals it in small parcels, that she may take away all at one swoop. – John Webster
  3. passing quickly from one note to the next


an instance, or the act of suddenly plunging downwards
an act of rushedly doing something
passing quickly form one note to the next

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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