• WordNet 3.6
    • v clarify make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating "clarify the butter","clarify beer"
    • v clarify make clear and (more) comprehensible "clarify the mystery surrounding her death"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clarify To glorify. "Fadir, clarifie thi name."
    • Clarify To grow clear or bright; to clear up. "Whosoever hath his mind fraught with many thoughts, his wits and understanding do clarify and break up in the discoursing with another."
    • Clarify To grow or become clear or transparent; to become free from feculent impurities, as wine or other liquid under clarification.
    • Clarify To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; -- said of liquids, as wine or sirup. "Boiled and clarified ."
    • Clarify To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate. "To clarify his reason, and to rectify his will."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • clarify To glorify.
    • clarify To make clear; especially, purify from feculent matter; defecate; fine: applied particularly to liquors: as, to clarify wine or saccharine syrup. See clarification.
    • clarify To brighten; purify; make clear, in a figurative sense; free from obscurities or defects; render luminous; render intelligent or intelligible.
    • clarify To grow or become clear or free from feculent matter; become pure, as liquors: as, cider clarifies by fermentation.
    • clarify To become clear intellectually; grow clear or perspicuous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Clarify klar′i-fī to make clear or pure
    • v.i Clarify to become clear:—pr.p. clar′ifying; pa.p. clar′ified
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  • Thornton Wilder
    “The comic spirit is given to us in order that we may analyze, weigh, and clarify things in us which nettle us, or which we are outgrowing, or trying to reshape.”
  • Thomas H. Huxley
    “All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.”
  • James Redfield
    James Redfield
    “Life is really about a spiritual unfolding that is personal and enchanting -- an unfolding that no science or philosophy or religion has yet fully clarified.”
  • Robin G. Collingwood
    Robin G. Collingwood
    “Like other revolutionaries I can thank God for the reactionaries. They clarify the issue.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. clarifier, from L. clarificare,; clarus, clear + facere, to make. See Clear, and Fact


In literature:

Sugar, to clarify ib.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
A week of conferences clarified the situation.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
He seemed confused, but his senses clarified with the movement of our figures over him.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Two minutes is quite sufficient to set the egg and clarify the jelly.
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
The next day he lay abed luxuriously for a while after he had awakened, but no amount of quiet thinking availed to clarify the mystery.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
To Clarify Gelatine 30 147.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
For, whatever Paliser had done or omitted, at any rate, he had completely clarified the situation.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
The telescope-finder glowed and clarified.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
If we cannot hope to clarify it to the comprehension of the average, we may at least do so for some.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad

In poetry:

Mere conchs! not fit for warp or woof!
Till cunning come to pound and squeeze
And clarify,—-refine to proof
The liquor filtered by degrees,
While the world stands aloof.
"Popularity" by Robert Browning
Sink, sullen rear-guard of the storm,
Behind the Laugen's snowy crest!
Already Rotheck's lordly form
Stands spotless in the radiant west;
Blow, winter wind, and clarify
Our crystal air, our sapphire sky!
"Post Nubes Lux" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Subrogation Clarified by Court.
The Declaration of Independence affirms and clarifies the origin of our individual rights.
To clarify the issue, for most of my 35 years in the district, educators agreed to a less than cost-of-living increase.
Ireland to clarify abortion rules after death of woman who was denied a termination .
To clarify, Lenin was a supporter and promoter of the instrument, and started Theremin 's touring in 1922, beginning in the Soviet Union.
We clearly erred in not clarifying the timeline of events and mistating the cause and effect.
County Commission clarifies time clock pay policy.
An appeals court judge has given the Obama administration until Thursday noon to clarify comments made by the president about health-care reform.
To clarify one immediate misconception, Duke Ellington's " Togo Brava Suite" (seven tracks) runs 29:05.
Corrects second paragraph to clarify the meeting is in scheduled for July.
Petrobras 'clarifies' BG statement over Tupi , Guara finds.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney clarified his remarks about Sen John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate Monday.
The fact that it appeared in reference to one of my own articles did nothing to clarify matters.
Bill Coats of the St Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams guard Richie Incognito tried to clarify remarks critical of fans.
Without faulting Luc Sante's interesting article about my life and work, I wish to clarify a few small errors.

In science:

L and the isomorphism classes of simple ob jects in B completely obvious. (Compare this to the laborious proof in .) The above considerations therefore completely clarify the rˆole of the tube algebra.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
The group eA and the approximating map eϕ are constructed as follows: 12As a clarifying note, let f : Z −→ C be a period P function on Z.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
A remark is in order here to clarify what we mean by ‘real fermions’ while the action and the constraint equation for Aa + have explicit factors of i.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
Let us clarify this point for a qubit, where we may write uµ = e−iθµ eµ ·σ and hµ = aµ + bµ · σ .
Generalization of geometric phase to completely positive maps
The genuine role of such ”experiments” was to clarify the concepts of the new theory vs. those of the classical mechanics. (The later have been constructed by similar procedures; e.g., the idea of a material point moving without constraints comes from a gedanken-experiment invented by Galilei).
Outline for a formal general theory of physical measurements