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Definitions of clean

  1. of a surface; not written or printed on; " blank pages"; " fill in the blank spaces"; " a clean page"; " wide white margins"
  2. be cleanable; " This stove cleans easily"
  3. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
  4. ( slang) completely; used as intensifiers; " clean forgot the appointment"; " I'm plumb ( or plum) tuckered out"
  5. in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; " they played fairly"
  6. free of drugs; " after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"
  7. 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"
  8. not carrying concealed weapons
  9. ( of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense; " a clean voting recor"; " a clean driver's license"
  10. 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"
  11. ( of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers; " good clean fun"; " a clean joke"
  12. ( religion) ritually clean or pure
  13. marked by or calling for sportsmanship or fair play; " a clean fight"; " a sporting solution of the disagreement"; " sportsmanlike conduct"
  14. clean and tidy up the house; " She housecleans every week"
  15. morally pure; " led a clean life"
  16. clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; " clean up before you see your grandparents"; " clean your fingernails before dinner"
  17. ( of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; " fair copy"; " a clean manuscript"
  18. make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; " Clean the stove!"; " The dentist cleaned my teeth"
  19. remove unwanted substances from, as in chemistry
  20. ( 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"
  21. not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; " a clean fuel"; " cleaner and more efficient engines"; " the tactical bomb is reasonably clean"
  22. free from sepsis or infection; " a clean ( or uninfected) wound"
  23. remove shells or husks from; " clean grain before milling it"
  24. remove while making clean; " Clean the spots off the rug"
  25. remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely; " The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; " The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm"
  26. deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.; " The other players cleaned him completely"
  27. ritually clean or pure
  28. thorough and without qualification; " a clean getaway"; " a clean sweep"; " a clean break"
  29. without difficulties or problems; " a clean test flight"
  30. free from impurities; " clean water"; " fresh air"
  31. free of restrictions or qualifications; " a clean bill of health"; " a clear winner"
  32. completely; used as intensifiers; " clean forgot the appointment"; " I'm plumb ( or plum) tuckered out"
  33. Free from dirt or filth; as, clean clothes.
  34. Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects; as, clean land; clean timber.
  35. Free from awkwardness; not bungling; adroit; dexterous; as, aclean trick; a clean leap over a fence.
  36. Free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style.
  37. Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire.
  38. Free from moral defilement; sinless; pure.
  39. Free from ceremonial defilement.
  40. Free from that which is corrupting to the morals; pure in tone; healthy.
  41. Well- proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs.
  42. Without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly; entirely.
  43. Without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously.
  44. To render clean; to free from whatever is foul, offensive, or extraneous; to purify; to cleanse.
  45. Free from dirt; unadulterated; free from imperfections; shapely; free from awkward bungling; morally pure.
  46. Wholly; without limitation.
  47. To remove dirt from.
  48. Cleanness.
  49. Free from stain or whatever defiles: pure: guiltless: neat.
  50. Quite: entirely: cleverly.
  51. To make clean, or free from dirt.
  52. Free from dirt; pure.
  53. To make clean.
  54. To make clean; cleanse.
  55. Free from dirt, impurity, or defilement; unblemished; pure; complete.
  56. In a clean manner; unqualifiedly; wholly.
  57. Cleaner.
  58. Free from stain, or alloy, or blemish, or imperfection, or disease, or awkwardness, or any defect; pure; guiltless; holy; in whaling, without a fish.
  59. Quite; entirely; dexterously.
  60. To make clean; to pnrify; to cleanse. A clean bill, a bill declaring a ship free from infection.
  61. Free from dirt or any offensive matter; not foul; free from moral impurity; pure; neat; dexterous or adroit.
  62. Perfectly; wholly; fully.
  63. To free from dirt or any foulness.
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Usage examples for clean

  1. Abe was surprised how good it felt to be clean again. – Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah
  2. The third, hers, was clean. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  3. Sainte Aldegonde's hands were clean. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  4. An' nen the Bear he falled clean on down out The tree- away clean to the ground, he did Spling- splung! – A Child-World by James Whitcomb Riley
  5. " No room in your house so clean," he said. – My Little Sister by Elizabeth Robins
  6. The inside was clean. – The Fourth R by George Oliver Smith
  7. A clean hundred pounds! – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  8. Say, old man, I'm clean gone myself. – The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories by Charles Weathers Bump
  9. Fortunately, we were clean when we went in. – A Prisoner in Turkey by John Still
  10. It drove them clean mad. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  11. But he's been going bad for some time, and now he's come out straight and clean for grease- mark!" – Dave Darrin's First Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock
  12. " It is equal to you what it tells," said Lawn Dyarrig, " only make ready a clean long chamber for me." – The Irish Fairy Book by Various
  13. Have ye got a clean bill?" – The Wheel O' Fortune by Louis Tracy
  14. As a whole, a more humane, noble, generous people never came from the clean hands of the Creator. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  15. He was thinking of the man he had seen a while ago- a clean, honest, open- faced man, a man he felt he could like, and yet by every reason ought to hate. – The Imaginary Marriage by Henry St. John Cooper
  16. It isn't clean, but I wouldn't mind that if she took care of you. – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  17. Such a funny home was hers, but so clean when you got into it. – The Children's Pilgrimage by L. T. Meade
  18. You see I met Dick first, and then- then I hurried here to you- and- and- I clean forgot it. – The Argonauts of North Liberty by Bret Harte
  19. Wilt clean up in a hurry now, and live in tuh meanwhile. – The Snow-Burner by Henry Oyen
  20. He seems out for a clean- up. – The Desert Fiddler by William H. Hamby
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