• WordNet 3.6
    • n clarification the act of removing solid particles from a liquid
    • n clarification an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding "the professor's clarification helped her to understand the textbook"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clarification The act of freeing from obscurities. "The clarification of men's ideas."
    • Clarification The act or process of making clear or transparent, by freeing visible impurities; as, the clarification of wine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clarification The act of clarifying; particularly, the clearing or fining of liquid substances from feculent matter by the separation of the insoluble particles which prevent the liquid from being transparent. This may be performed by filtration, but the term is more especially applied to the use of such clarifying substances or agents as gelatin, albumen, alcohol, heat, etc.
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  • Arthur Bloch
    Arthur Bloch
    “Every clarification breeds new questions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. clarification, L. clarificatio, glorification


In literature:

A point of clarification.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
It seems to me now to have been rather a phase of realisation and clarification.
"The New Machiavelli" by Herbert George Wells
Could a clarification be gained on how it is that he could have acquired that entrance?
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
He turns next to the clarification of the vinegar.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 392, July 7, 1883" by Various
A call was made to the resident station, requesting clarification of the request, and the answer proved to be unsatisfactory.
"Indirection" by Everett B. Cole
At the turn of the year 1892-93 there came a sharp clarification in his ideas.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
On the other hand, clarification of the object is not only a right but a duty, and it cuts both ways.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
Clarification of definition of manufacturer.
"Homeland Security Act of 2002" by Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives
A few times Preston interrupted to ask for clarification on a point or two.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
If there were any doubts Headquarters could teleray for clarification.
"The Instant of Now" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
Machines designed especially for the clarification of milk are now widely used.
"Outlines of dairy bacteriology" by H. L. Russell
There are, nevertheless, several intrafamilial differences needing some further discussion and clarification.
"Thoracic and Coracoid Arteries In Two Families of Birds, Columbidae and Hirundinidae" by Marion Anne Jenkinson
In the early stages of this investigation clarification of the formolized extract was accomplished by the same sort of filtration.
"Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae" by William B. Stallcup
I suggest the first thing we do is request a clarification of the military situation throughout the Deccan.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
A clarification would be forthcoming any minute now.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
Ascent of dross and scum to the surface is usually the first product in processes of clarification.
"Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism" by Allen Putnam
But his clarification never overcame the effects of the Columbus speech.
"Under Four Administrations" by Oscar S. Straus
Instead of thinking upon a new form, let us devote our care to the clarification of the content.
"A Review of the Systems of Ethics Founded on the Theory of Evolution" by C. M. Williams
No better fortune can befall a great spirit than such a clarification of vision.
"The Beginners of a Nation" by Edward Eggleston
Without such a dialectic clarification of our consciousness all adoration is idol worship.
"The Positive Outcome of Philosophy" by Joseph Dietzgen

In news:

The government issued clarifications, as a recent surge in enforcement has unnerved big businesses worried about breaking the rules and paying big fines.
(Oct 14 / The Associated Press ) Correction: Clarification.
Sometimes as we trudge through this life, we experience words that seem to beg for further clarification.
(Dec 10 / The Associated Press ) Correction: Clarification.
Clarifications Could Facilitate States' Implementation of the Liability Risk Retention Act.
(Oct 20 / The Associated Press ) Correction: Clarification.
( Kristen Boghosian / The Washington Post ) Correction: Clarification.
Clarification on Doug Baldwin's hamstring procedure.
Clarification to This Article This article about a large increase in the number of US service members killed by roadside bombs in Afghanistan should have noted that the statistics cited had previously appeared in USA Today.
We need more clarification on the "Move Over" Law.
But some clarification is needed on a few points.
Integrating Clarification & Purification Steps.
The new regulations also relax restrictions on the ability of funds to remit principal and income from investments , but made no further clarifications as to how China will tax QFII profits, an area of enduring uncertainty for QFII investors.
UPDATE (10/6): A Marie Claire editor contacted me with a clarification.
After courts overturn Las Cruces man's conviction, state officials seek sex offender registry clarification.

In science:

The rules above are ones that were universally described in the research materials used, but for further clarification, Paul Cilliers’ complete list of properties are included in Appendix I of this study (CSCS Website).
Complex Systems
Several features of classic notions, or notions themselves, are clarif ied or introduced, e.g., Cartan matrix, several versions of restrictedness in characteristic 2, Dynkin diagram, Chevalley generators, and even the notion of Lie superalgebra if the characteristic is equal to 2.
Classification of Finite Dimensional Modular Lie Superalgebras with Indecomposable Cartan Matrix
These clarif ications are obtained by/with A.
Classification of Finite Dimensional Modular Lie Superalgebras with Indecomposable Cartan Matrix
Lebedev for help (he not only clarif ied the notion of g(A) and roots, but also helped us to f igure out the structure of g(A) in the most complicated cases and elucidate the notion of p-structure, he also listed inequivalent Cartan matrices for the e-cases) and to I.
Classification of Finite Dimensional Modular Lie Superalgebras with Indecomposable Cartan Matrix
Even this terminology is not well-known, and so it deserves some clarif ication.
Contact Geometry of Hyperbolic Equations of Generic Type
Ferroelectricity in antiferromagnetic E-phase and weak ferromagnetism induced by ferroelectricity remain to be theoretical concepts and no reliable experimental evidence is available. The antiferromagnetic E-phase induced ferroelectricity in orthorhombic TbMnO3 or YMnO3 remains unclear and needs further clarification.
Multiferroicity, The coupling between magnetic and polarization
This will be clarif ied through the examples in the next section.
Noncommutativity and Duality through the Symplectic Embedding Formalism
Does this kind of curiosity lead to improved cognitive representations? Are other drives than NfK fundamental to this kind of curiosity? These questions remain open for future studies. Relations of NfK and heuristics discussed by Tversky and Kahneman (1981) need additional clarifications.
Curiosity and Pleasure
The first activity is the problem definition and clarification between the collaborators.
Collaborative Knowledge Creation and Management in Information Retrieval
Information source: part of the problem definition clarification is the identification of likely information sources to be consulted in the search process. Information sources can include systems and people.
Collaborative Knowledge Creation and Management in Information Retrieval
The next step in the clarification would be to suggest relevant information sources to use for search.
Collaborative Knowledge Creation and Management in Information Retrieval
The annotation interface as explained earlier allows users to create value added information. This interface allows for evaluation of retrieved documents with regards to the information problem at hand. It also allows adding clarification to an information problem as shown in figure 1.
Collaborative Knowledge Creation and Management in Information Retrieval
This was exemplified in the problem definition and clarification phase through interpersonal communication and annotation creation centred on an articulated information problem.
Collaborative Knowledge Creation and Management in Information Retrieval
One should mention clarification of the ω0(δj) and π values in the Le Chatelier’s Response equation first. That should be done via comparison to experimental data and finding meaningful members in the δ power series and their weights, thus perhaps eliminating the need in ω0(δj) at all.
New Thermodynamic Paradigm of Chemical Equilibria
Houghton J, Swan A (2013) Planting the Green Seeds for a Golden Harvest: Comments and Clarifications on “Going for Gold”. D-Lib Magazine 19.
Deep Impact: Unintended consequences of journal rank