Definitions for: Clean


[n] a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
[adv] (slang) completely; used as intensifiers; "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out"
[adv] in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; "they played fairly"
[adj] free of drugs; "after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"
[adj] 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"
[adj] not carrying concealed weapons
[adj] (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense; "a clean voting recor"; "a clean driver's license"
[adj] 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"
[adj] (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers; "good clean fun"; "a clean joke"
[adj] not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; "a clean fuel"; "cleaner and more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean"
[adj] (religion) ritually clean or pure
[adj] thorough and without qualification; "a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"
[adj] marked by or calling for sportsmanship or fair play; "a clean fight"; "a sporting solution of the disagreement"; "sportsmanlike conduct"
[adj] of a surface; not written or printed on; "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins"
[adj] (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript"
[adj] morally pure; "led a clean life"
[adj] without difficulties or problems; "a clean test flight"
[adj] free from impurities; "clean water"; "fresh air"
[adj] (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"
[adj] free of restrictions or qualifications; "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner"
[adj] free from sepsis or infection; "a clean (or uninfected) wound"
[v] clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"
[v] remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits, as of chickens or fruit; "Clean the turkey"
[v] remove shells or husks from; "clean grain before milling it"
[v] remove unwanted substances from, as in chemistry
[v] remove while making clean; "Clean the spots off the rug"
[v] make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"
[v] clean and tidy up the house; "She housecleans every week"
[v] remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely; "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm"
[v] deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.; "The other players cleaned him completely"
[v] be cleanable; "This stove cleans easily"



Webster (1913) Definition: Clean, a. [Compar. Cleaner; superl. Cleanest.] [OE.
clene, AS. cl?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, aclean 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, n., 4.

To make a clean breast. See under Breast.


Clean, adv.
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.


Clean, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cleaned; p. pr. & vb. n.
Cleaning.] [See Clean, a., 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.

Synonyms: adroit, blank, clean and jerk, cleanable, cleaned, clean-living, cleanly, cleanse, cleansed, clear, complete, cosher, dry-cleaned, empty, fair, fair, fairly, fresh, immaculate, just, kosher, legible, light, make clean, moral, neat, perfect, pick, plum, plumb, pristine, scavenge, scrubbed, speckless, spic, spic-and-span, spick, spick-and-span, sporting, sportsmanlike, spotless, strip, unaddicted, unarmed, unblemished, unclouded, uncontaminating, uninfected, unobjectionable, unqualified, unsoiled, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, unused, washed, water-washed, white

Antonyms: begrime, below the belt, bemire, colly, contaminating, dirty, dirty, grime, impure, soil, soiled, unclean, unfairly

See Also: alter, antiseptic, bath, bathe, be, bream, brush, change, clean, clean up, decent, decontaminate, deprive, disinfect, divest, do the dishes, douche, dry clean, dust, floss, groom, hoover, hygienise, hygienize, lather, launder, lave, neaten, neaten, pipe-clay, plume, preen, pure, remove, remove, sanitise, sanitize, scavenge, soap, spring-clean, square away, steam, steam clean, straighten, straighten out, sweep, take, take, take away, take away, tidy, tidy, tidy up, vacuum, vacuum-clean, wash, wash, wash up, weightlifting, withdraw, withdraw

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