clear


clear
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English clere, from Anglo-French cler, from Latin clarus clear, bright; akin to Latin calare to call — more at low Date: 13th century 1. a. bright, luminous b. cloudless; specifically less than one-tenth covered <
a clear sky
>
c. free from mist, haze, or dust <
a clear day
>
d. untroubled, serene <
a clear gaze
>
2. clean, pure: as a. free from blemishes <
clear skin
>
b. easily seen through ; transparent <
clear glass
>
c. free from abnormal sounds on auscultation 3. a. easily heard <
a loud and clear sound
>
b. easily visible ; plain <
a clear signal
>
c. free from obscurity or ambiguity ; easily understood ; unmistakable <
a clear explanation
>
4. a. capable of sharp discernment ; keen <
a clear thinker
>
b. free from doubt ; sure <
not clear on how to proceed
>
5. free from guile or guilt ; innocent <
a clear conscience
>
6. unhampered by restriction or limitation: as a. unencumbered by debts or charges <
a clear estate
>
b. net <
a clear profit
>
c. unqualified, absolute <
a clear victory
>
d. free from obstruction <
clear passage
>
e. emptied of contents or cargo f. free from entanglement or contact <
staying clear of controversy
>
<
keep clear of the boundary
>
g. bare, denuded <
clear ground
>
clearness noun Synonyms: clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness <
clear water
>
. transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly <
a transparent sheet of film
>
. translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond <
translucent frosted glass
>
. limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water <
her eyes were limpid pools of blue
>
. Synonyms: clear, perspicuous, lucid mean quickly and easily understood. clear implies freedom from obscurity, ambiguity, or undue complexity <
clear instructions
>
. perspicuous applies to a style that is simple and elegant as well as clear <
a perspicuous style
>
. lucid suggests a clear logical coherence and evident order of arrangement <
a lucid explanation
>
. Synonym: see in addition evident. II. adverb Date: 14th century 1. in a clear manner <
to cry loud and clear
>
2. all the way <
drove clear across the state
>
III. transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. a. to make clear or translucent b. to free from pollution or cloudiness 2. to free from accusation or blame ; exonerate, vindicate <
the opportunity to clear himself
>
3. a. to give insight to ; enlighten b. to make intelligible ; explain <
clear up the mystery
>
4. a. to free from what obstructs or is unneeded: as (1) open 1b <
clear a path
>
(2) to remove unwanted growth or items from <
clear the land of timber
>
(3) to rid or make a rasping noise as if ridding (the throat) of phlegm (4) to erase stored or displayed data from (as a computer or calculator) b. to empty of occupants <
clear the room
>
c. disentangle <
clear a fishing line
>
d. to remove from an area or place <
clear the dishes from the table
>
e. transmit, dispatch 5. a. to submit for approval <
clear it with me first
>
b. authorize, approve <
cleared the article for publication
>
: as (1) to certify as trustworthy <
clear a person for classified information
>
(2) to permit (an aircraft) to proceed usually with a specified action <
the plane was cleared to land
>
6. a. to free from obligation or encumbrance b. settle, discharge <
clear an account
>
c. (1) to free (a ship or shipment) by payment of duties or harbor fees (2) to pass through (customs) d. to gain without deduction ; net <
clear a profit
>
e. to put through a clearinghouse 7. a. to go over, under, or by without touching <
the ball just cleared the uprights
>
b. to move through successfully ; pass <
the bill cleared the legislature
>
intransitive verb 1. a. to become clear <
it cleared up quickly after the rain
>
b. to go away ; vanish <
the symptoms cleared gradually
>
c. sell 2. a. to obtain permission to discharge cargo b. to conform to regulations or pay requisite fees prior to leaving port 3. to pass through a clearinghouse 4. to go to an authority (as for approval) before becoming effective • clearable adjectiveclearer noun IV. noun Date: 1674 1. a clear space or part 2. a high arcing shot over an opponent's head in badminton

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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