• 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.

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