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English noun: swoop

1. swoop (communication) (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale

SamplesThe violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides.


Broader (hypernym)glissando

Domain categorymusic

2. swoop (act) a very rapid raid

Broader (hypernym)foray, maraud, raid

3. swoop (act) a swift descent through the air

Broader (hypernym)descent

English verb: swoop

1. swoop (motion) move down on as if in an attack

SamplesThe raptor swooped down on its prey.
The teacher swooped down upon the new students.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)come down, descend, fall, go down

Narrower (hyponym)stoop

2. swoop (motion) move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

3. swoop (contact) seize or catch with a swooping motion

Synonymsswoop up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)snap, snatch, snatch up

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