Sweeper vs Vacuum - What's the difference?

sweeper | vacuum |

As nouns the difference between sweeper and vacuum

is that sweeper is one who sweeps floors or chimneys while vacuum is a region of space that contains no matter.

As a verb vacuum is

to clean (something) with a vacuum cleaner.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • One who sweeps floors or chimneys
  • A detector (for mines)
  • A small, tropical marine perciform fish of the family , typically with deeply keeled, compressed bodies and large eyes.
  • (football) A defender who is the last line of defence before the goalkeeper
  • (curling) A person who sweeps the ice ahead of the rock in play.
  • (cricket) A batsman who plays sweep shots
  • (cricket) A fielding position along the boundary; a fielder in this position
  • A tree that has fallen over a river with branches extending into the water.
  • * ..tree will be hanging over the water about canoe level (a sweeper ).. Basic Essentials Canoe Paddling, 3rd - Page 62
  • * So named because they can sweep passengers from a boat, they can also capsize a canoe, especially when paddlers lean too far away from the sweeper .. River Running: Canoeing, Kayaking, Rowing, Rafting - Page 102
  • See also






    Alternative forms

    * (rare)


    (wikipedia vacuum) (en-noun)
  • A region of space that contains no matter.
  • A vacuum cleaner.
  • The condition of rarefaction, or reduction of pressure below that of the atmosphere, in a vessel, such as the condenser of a steam engine, which is nearly exhausted of air or steam, etc.
  • a vacuum of 26 inches of mercury, or 13 pounds per square inch

    Usage notes

    * In the sense of "a region of space that contains no matter", the plural of vacuum' is either '''vacua''' or '''vacuums'''. In the sense of a "vacuum cleaner" ' vacuums is the only plural. * The Latin in vacuo'' is sometimes used instead of ''in a vacuum (in free space).


    * (vacuum cleaner) hoover (British )


    * (region of space that contains no matter) plenum

    Derived terms

    * power vacuum * vacuum brake * vacuum cleaner * vacuum pan * vacuum valve


    (en verb)
  • To clean (something) with a vacuum cleaner.
  • To use a vacuum cleaner.
  • Synonyms

    * (transitive sense) to hoover (British) * (intransitive sense) to do the hoovering, to hoover (British)