To fall on at once and seize; to catch while on the wing; as, a hawk swoops a chicken.
- To move in a sudden sweep: The bird swooped down on its prey.
- To make a rush or an attack with or as if with a sudden sweeping movement. Often used with down: The children swooped down on the pile of presents.
- To seize or snatch in or as if in a sudden sweeping movement.
- The act or an instance of swooping.