clean
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English clene, from Old English clǣne; akin to Old High German kleini delicate, dainty Date: before 12th century 1. a. free from dirt or pollution <
changed to clean clothes
>
<
clean solar energy
>
b. free from contamination or disease <
a clean wound
>
c. free or relatively free from radioactivity <
a clean atomic explosion
>
2. a. unadulterated, pure <
the clean thrill of one's first flight
>
b. of a precious stone having no interior flaws visible c. free from growth that hinders tillage <
clean farmland
>
3. a. free from moral corruption or sinister connections of any kind <
a candidate with a clean record
>
; also free from violations <
a clean driving record
>
b. free from offensive treatment of sexual subjects and from the use of obscenity <
a clean joke
>
c. observing the rules ; fair <
a clean fight
>
4. ceremonially or spiritually pure <
and all who are clean may eat flesh — Leviticus 7:19 (Revised Standard Version)
>
5. a. thorough, complete <
a clean break with the past
>
b. deftly executed ; skillful <
clean ballet technique
>
c. hit beyond the reach of an opponent <
a clean single to center
>
6. a. relatively free from error or blemish ; clear; specifically legible <
clean copy
>
b. unencumbered <
clean bill of sale
>
7. a. characterized by clarity and precision ; trim <
a clean prose style
>
<
architecture with clean almost austere lines
>
b. even, smooth <
a clean edge
>
<
a sharp blow causing a clean break
>
c. free from impedances to smooth flow (as of water or air) <
a clean airplane
>
<
a ship with a clean bottom
>
8. a. empty <
the ship returned with a clean hold
>
b. free from drug addiction <
has been clean for six months
>
c. slang having no contraband (as weapons or drugs) in one's possession 9. habitually neat • cleanness noun II. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. a. so as to clean <
a new broom sweeps clean
>
b. in a clean manner <
play the game clean
>
2. all the way ; completely <
the bullet went clean through his arm
>
III. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to make clean: as (1) to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter (2) to rid of corruption <
vowing to clean up city hall
>
b. remove, eradicate — usually used with up or off <
clean up that mess
>
2. a. strip, empty <
a tree cleaned of fruit
>
b. to remove the entrails from <
clean fish
>
c. to deprive of money or possessions — often used with out <
they cleaned him out completely
>
intransitive verb to undergo or perform a process of cleaning <
clean up before dinner
>
cleanability nouncleanable adjective IV. noun Date: circa 1889 an act of cleaning dirt especially from the surface of something

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