Definition of Clean

1. Noun. A weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead.

Exact synonyms: Clean And Jerk
Generic synonyms: Weightlift, Weightlifting
Terms within: Jerk

2. Verb. Make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from. "They clean the cape "; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"

3. Adjective. Free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits. "Cats are clean animals"

4. Adverb. Completely; used as intensifiers. "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out"
Exact synonyms: Plum, Plumb
Language type: Argot, Cant, Jargon, Lingo, Patois, Slang, Vernacular

5. Verb. Remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits. "Clean the turkey"
Exact synonyms: Pick
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw

6. Adjective. Free of restrictions or qualifications. "A clear winner"
Exact synonyms: Clear
Similar to: Unqualified

7. Adverb. In conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating. "They played fairly"
Exact synonyms: Fair, Fairly
Partainyms: Fair
Antonyms: Unfairly

8. Verb. Clean and tidy up the house. "She housecleans every week"
Exact synonyms: Clean House, Houseclean
Generic synonyms: Clean Up, Neaten, Square Away, Straighten, Straighten Out, Tidy, Tidy Up
Related verbs: Make Clean
Specialized synonyms: G.i., Gi, Spring-clean
Derivative terms: Cleaner, Cleaning, Housecleaning

9. Adjective. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims. "A light lilting voice like a silver bell"
Exact synonyms: Clear, Light, Unclouded
Similar to: Pure
Derivative terms: Clarity, Clearness, Uncloudedness

10. Verb. Clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing. "They clean themselves"; "Clean your fingernails before dinner"
Exact synonyms: Cleanse
Specialized synonyms: Bathe, Wash, Lave, Wash, Lather, Soap, Bath, Bathe, Douche, Floss, Decontaminate
Generic synonyms: Groom, Neaten
Derivative terms: Cleaning, Cleanser, Cleansing

11. Adjective. Free from impurities. "Fresh air"
Exact synonyms: Fresh
Similar to: Pure
Derivative terms: Cleanness, Freshness

12. Verb. Be cleanable. "This stove cleans easily"
Related verbs: Make Clean
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Cleaning

13. Adjective. (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense. "A clean driver's license"
Similar to: Perfect

14. Verb. Deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.. "The other players cleaned him completely"
Generic synonyms: Deprive, Divest, Strip

15. Adjective. Ritually clean or pure.
Category relationships: Faith, Religion, Religious Belief
Similar to: Halal, Cosher, Kosher
Also: Pure
Antonyms: Unclean

16. Verb. Remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely. "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm"
Exact synonyms: Strip
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw

17. Adjective. Not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination. "The tactical bomb is reasonably clean"
Exact synonyms: Uncontaminating
Derivative terms: Cleanness
Antonyms: Dirty

18. Verb. Remove while making clean. "They clean the snow from the path"; "Clean the spots off the rug"
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Related verbs: Clean House, Houseclean
Derivative terms: Cleaning

19. Adjective. (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers. "A clean joke"
Exact synonyms: Unobjectionable
Similar to: Antiseptic
Also: Decent
Antonyms: Dirty

20. Verb. Remove unwanted substances from.
Exact synonyms: Scavenge
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Derivative terms: Cleaning, Scavenger

21. Adjective. Free from sepsis or infection. "A clean (or uninfected) wound"
Exact synonyms: Uninfected
Similar to: Antiseptic
Derivative terms: Cleanness

22. Verb. Remove shells or husks from. "The chefs clean the vegetables"; "Clean grain before milling it"
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw

23. Adjective. Morally pure. "Led a clean life"
Exact synonyms: Clean-living
Similar to: Moral
Derivative terms: Cleanness

24. Adjective. (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections. "A clean manuscript"
Exact synonyms: Fair
Similar to: Legible

25. Adjective. (of a surface) not written or printed on. "Wide white margins"
Exact synonyms: Blank, White
Similar to: Empty
Derivative terms: Blankness

26. Adjective. Exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play. "Sportsmanlike conduct"
Exact synonyms: Sporting, Sportsmanlike, Sporty
Similar to: Fair, Just
Derivative terms: Cleanness

27. Adjective. Without difficulties or problems. "A clean test flight"
Similar to: Easy

28. Adjective. Thorough and without qualification. "A clean break"
Similar to: Complete

29. Adjective. Not carrying concealed weapons.
Similar to: Unarmed

30. Adjective. Free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed. "The neat exactness of the surgeon's knife"
Exact synonyms: Neat
Similar to: Adroit

31. Adjective. Free of drugs. "After a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"
Similar to: Unaddicted

Definition of Clean

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

2. adv. Without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly; entirely.

3. v. t. To render clean; to free from whatever is foul, offensive, or extraneous; to purify; to cleanse.

Definition of Clean

1. Adjective. Not dirty. ¹

2. Adjective. In an unmarked condition. ¹

3. Adjective. Pure, especially morally or religiously. ¹

4. Adjective. Not having used drugs or alcohol. ¹

5. Adjective. Smooth, exact, and performed well. ¹

6. Adjective. (context: of criminal, driving, etc records) without restrictions or penalties, or someone having such a record. ¹

7. Adjective. (informal) Cool or neat. ¹

8. Adjective. (context: aerodynamics) Allowing an uninterrupted flow over surfaces, without protrusions such as racks or landing gear. ¹

9. Adjective. (context: health) Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). ¹

10. Adjective. (informal) Not in possession of weapons or contraband such as drugs. ¹

11. Adjective. Empty. ¹

12. Noun. (weightlifting) The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To remove dirt from a place or object. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive) To tidy up, make a place neat. ¹

15. Verb. (transitive climbing) To remove equipment from a climbing route after it was previously lead climbed. ¹

16. Verb. (intransitive) To make things clean in general. ¹

17. Verb. (intransitive curling) To brush the ice lightly in front of a moving rock to remove any debris and ensure a correct line; less vigorous than a sweep. ¹

18. Adverb. Fully and completely. ¹

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Definition of Clean

1. free from dirt or stain [adj CLEANER, CLEANEST] / to rid of dirt or stain [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Clean

claymore mine
clean and jerk
clean as a hound's tooth
clean as a whistle
clean bill of health
clean bomb
clean bowl
clean bowled

Literary usage of Clean

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Holy Bible: Translated Out of the Original Tongues and with the Former by Canadian Bible Society (1884)
"8 And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean : and after that he : 11 ..."

2. Sermons by Thomas Arnold (1874)
"In saying to his disciples, " Ye are clean, but not all," our Lord declared, ... Eleven of those who heard him were pronounced to be clean, while one only ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"Whoever touches the carcass of unclean or clean beasts shall be unclean till evening; whoever carries such dead body, or even eats of it, and this of edible ..."

4. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin, John Woolman, William Penn (1909)
"Five Things are requisite to a good Officer; Ability, clean Hands, Dispatch, ... clean HANDS 383. Covetousness in such Men prompts them to prostitute the ..."

5. Energy Policies of Iea Countries by International Energy Agency (2002)
"clean coal technologies are designed to enhance both the efficiency and the ... Germany is an active developer of clean coal technologies, including coal ..."

6. The Metallurgy of Gold by Thomas Kirke Rose (1898)
"The clean mercury is then squeezed through canvas or wash-leather, ... In large mills a clean-up revolving barrel is often employed to mix the amalgam. ..."

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