4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Clean \Clean\ (kl[=e]n), adjective [Compar. {Cleaner} (kl[=e]n"[~e]r); superl. {Cleanest}.] [OE. clene, AS. cl[=ae]ne; akin to OHG. chleini pure, neat, graceful, small, G. klein small, and perh. to W. glan clean, pure, bright; all perh. from a primitive, meaning bright, shining. Cf. {Glair}.]

1. Free from dirt or filth; as, clean clothes.

2. Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects; as, clean land; clean timber.

3. Free from awkwardness; not bungling; adroit; dexterous; as, a clean trick; a clean leap over a fence.

4. Free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style.

5. Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire.

When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of corners of thy field. --Lev. xxiii. 22.

6. Free from moral defilement; sinless; pure.

Create in me a clean heart, O God. --Ps. li. 10

That I am whole, and clean, and meet for Heaven --Tennyson.

7. (Script.) Free from ceremonial defilement.

8. Free from that which is corrupting to the morals; pure in tone; healthy. "Lothair is clean." --F. Harrison.

9. Well-proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs.

{A clean bill of health}, a certificate from the proper authority that a ship is free from infection.

{Clean breach}. See under {Breach}, noun, 4.

{To make a clean breast}. See under {Breast}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Clean \Clean\, adverb

1. Without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly; entirely. "Domestic broils clean overblown." --Shak. "Clean contrary." --Milton.

All the people were passed clean over Jordan. --Josh. iii. 17.

2. Without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously. [Obs.] "Pope came off clean with Homer." --Henley.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Clean \Clean\ (kl[=e]n), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Cleaned} (kl[=e]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cleaning}.] [See {Clean}, adjective, and cf. {Cleanse}.] To render clean; to free from whatever is foul, offensive, or extraneous; to purify; to cleanse.

{To clean out}, to exhaust; to empty; to get away from (one) all his money. [Colloq.] --De Quincey.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: completely; used as intensifiers; "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out" [syn: {clean}, {plumb}, {plum}]

2: in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; "they played fairly" [syn: {fairly}, {fair}, {clean}] [ant: {below the belt}, {unfairly}]


1: free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits; "children with clean shining faces"; "clean white shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house"; "cats are clean animals" [ant: {dirty}, {soiled}, {unclean}]

2: free of restrictions or qualifications; "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner" [syn: {clean}, {clear}]

3: (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings"; "clear laughter like a waterfall"; "clear reds and blues"; "a light lilting voice like a silver bell" [syn: {clean}, {clear}, {light}, {unclouded}]

4: free from impurities; "clean water"; "fresh air" [syn: {clean}, {fresh}]

5: (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense; "a clean voting record"; "a clean driver's license"

6: ritually clean or pure [ant: {impure}, {unclean}]

7: not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; "a clean fuel"; "cleaner and more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean" [syn: {clean}, {uncontaminating}] [ant: {contaminating}, {dirty}]

8: (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers; "good clean fun"; "a clean joke" [syn: {clean}, {unobjectionable}] [ant: {dirty}]

9: free from sepsis or infection; "a clean (or uninfected) wound" [syn: {uninfected}, {clean}]

10: morally pure; "led a clean life" [syn: {clean}, {clean- living}]

11: (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript" [syn: {clean}, {fair}]

12: (of a surface) not written or printed on; "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins" [syn: {blank}, {clean}, {white}]

13: exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play; "a clean fight"; "a sporting solution of the disagreement"; "sportsmanlike conduct" [syn: {clean}, {sporting}, {sporty}, {sportsmanlike}]

14: without difficulties or problems; "a clean test flight"

15: thorough and without qualification; "a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"

16: not carrying concealed weapons

17: free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed; "he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"; "a clean throw"; "the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife" [syn: {clean}, {neat}]

18: free of drugs; "after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"


1: a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead [syn: {clean and jerk}, {clean}]


1: make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth" [syn: {clean}, {make clean}] [ant: {begrime}, {bemire}, {colly}, {dirty}, {grime}, {soil}]

2: remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits; "Clean the turkey" [syn: {clean}, {pick}]

3: clean and tidy up the house; "She housecleans every week" [syn: {houseclean}, {clean house}, {clean}]

4: clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner" [syn: {cleanse}, {clean}]

5: be cleanable; "This stove cleans easily"

6: deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.; "The other players cleaned him completely"

7: remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely; "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm" [syn: {clean}, {strip}]

8: remove while making clean; "Clean the spots off the rug"

9: remove unwanted substances from [syn: {scavenge}, {clean}]

10: remove shells or husks from; "clean grain before milling it"

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