• The job that's never ended--Cleaning up for inspection
    The job that's never ended--Cleaning up for inspection
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cleaning the act of making something clean "he gave his shoes a good cleaning"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Spring-Cleaning (Indemnity) Bill The Spring-Cleaning (Indemnity) Bill
Smith Premier with cleaning brace Smith Premier with cleaning brace

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1920's, Q-Tips were invented by Leo Gerstenzang who got the idea after watching his wife clean their baby's ears with cotton stuck onto a toothpick.
    • Cleaning The act of making clean.
    • Cleaning The afterbirth of cows, ewes, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot
    • n cleaning The act of making clean.
    • n cleaning The afterbirth of cows, ewes, etc.
    • n cleaning In forestry, a thinning made in a stand which has not reached the small-pole stage. Its main object is to remove trees of undesirable form and species. See thinning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Balneology is the science of swimming pools. Balneologists study problems of heating, cleaning, maintenance, and construction.
    • Cleaning the act of making clean
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  • The Koran
    The Koran
    “God loveth the clean.”
  • Thomas J. Peters
    “If your company has a clean-desk policy, the company is nuts and you're nuts to stay there.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”
  • Dwight L. Moody
    “God doesn't seek for golden vessels, and does not ask for silver ones, but He must have clean ones.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Your lordship, though not clean past your youth, have yet some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltiness of time.”


Clean as a whistle - If something is as clean as a whistle, it is extremely clean, spotless. It can also be used to mean 'completely', though this meaning is less common nowadays. If somebody is clean as a whistle, they are not involved in anything illegal.
Clean bill of health - If something or someone has a clean bill of health, then there's nothing wrong; everything's fine.
Clean break - If you make a clean break, you break away completely from something.
Clean hands - Someone with clean hands, or who keeps their hands clean, is not involved in illegal or immoral activities.
Clean sheet - When someone has a clean sheet, they have got no criminal record or problems affecting their reputation. In football and other sports, a goalkeeper has a clean sheet when let no goals in.
Clean slate - If you start something with a clean slate, then nothing bad from your past is taken into account.
Clean sweep - If someone makes a clean sweep, they win absolutely everything in a competition or contest.
Clean your clock - If you clean your clock, you beat someone decisively in a contest or fight.
Come clean - If someone comes clean about something, they admit to deceit or wrongdoing.
Keep your nose clean - If someone is trying to keep their Nose Clean, they are trying to stay out of trouble by not getting involved in any sort of wrong-doing.
Make a clean breast - If someone makes a clean breast, they confess in full to something they have done.
New brush sweeps clean - 'A new brush sweeps clean' means that someone with a new perspective can make great changes. However, the full version is 'a new brush sweeps clean, but an old brush knows the corners', which warns that experience is also a valuable thing. Sometimes 'broom' is used instead of 'brush'.
Show someone a clean pair of heels - If you show someone a clean pair of heels, you run faster than them when they are chasing you.
Squeaky clean - If something is squeaky clean, it is very clean indeed- spotless. If a person is squeaky clean, they have no criminal record and are not suspected of illegal or immoral activities.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. clǽne; W., Gael. glan, shine, polish; Ger. klein, small.


In literature:

Stables should be well drained and kept clean.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
You're that rough on your clothes that none of 'em keep clean more than a minute.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
If you desire to be respected, keep clean.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
A good old stand-by query is about the simple matter of keeping one's face clean.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
Keep yourself clean for your life work and your wife and children.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
When the house is ready, it must be cleaned and kept clean.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
And I like to see my father clean and neat.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
And I always kept a pitcher of clean water in the house.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
This cleans the surface and allows the soil or paste to stick to the pipe.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Carson trapped it cleanly, scooped it up, and threw it to Higgins at first.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish

In poetry:

Graciously in me renew
Thy good Spirit right and true,
Purging every taint of sin,
Clean without, and pure within.
"A Morning Hymn" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The shapely silver shoulder stoops,
Weighed over clean
With state of splendid hair that droops
Each side, Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Father, save me from my sin;
Savior, I Thy mercy crave;
Gracious Spirit, make me clean:
Father, Savior, Spirit, save.
"Holy Father, Hear My Cry" by Horatius Bonar
When from the curse he sets us free,
He makes our natures clean;
Nor would he send his Son to be
The minister of sin.
"Hymn 140" by Isaac Watts
Cloth vs with holy garmentes White,
and golden Girdles giue:
Vs Sacrificers, wash thou cleane,
that we may euer lyue.
"A description of olde Rome" by Roger Cotton
(drawing his foot across the floor) But you said
I was a clean and well-built boy, anyhow,
Woman of the house.
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Foodservice operators most commonly use green cleaning products for glass, surface and floor cleaning .
Clean Summer Espadrilles with Foaming Carpet Cleaner I discovered this tip while developing a story for my monthly "Speed Cleaning " column.
For more speed cleaning and double duty ideas, check out our online Home Speed- Cleaning Guide.
CLEANING PERSON WANTED To clean apartment.
Maids are no longer allowed to clean the outside of windows above ground level unless they are supervised, and window grills must be installed and locked during cleaning , the Manpower Ministry said in a statement late Monday.
Wersinger teamed up with her mother to start Green Green Eco Clean Inc, a home and business cleaning service in Schuylkill County.
Clean -up crews arrived Monday morning as school administrators and outside consultants met to discuss how to go about the clean -up process and operate the school without an entire building.
The city of Hillsboro usually schedules clear well cleaning maintenance every three to five years, but because of a back flushing problem, the two tanks at Hillsboro's Water Treatment Plant were cleaned a year ahead of schedule last week.
CLEVELAND—A woman dubbed the " cleaning fairy" after she broke into a home, cleaned it and left a $75 bill has been put on probation for one year.
Warren says she owns a cleaning business and sometimes enters homes, cleans them and leaves a bill.
An Ohio woman dubbed the " cleaning fairy" after she broke into a home, cleaned it and left a $75 bill has been put on probation for one year.
Penford Food Ingredients ' PenPure portfolio of clean-label starch addresses growing consumer demand for clean-label ingredients , as well as manufacturers' need for versatile, cost-effective products.
Clean Water Restoration Act integral to clean waterways, safe drinking water.
While traveling the country and speaking with thousands of professional textile cleaners, the question I hear most often is, "Which cleaning method and system is best to use to clean carpet.".
Lubrication Bike Cleaning Products Maxima Clean Up.

In science:

It is also important to note that this consistent picture is obtained without any “cleaning” of the original data set.
Bias and consistency in time delay estimation methods: case of the double quasar HE 1104-1805
The only important difference between the GWW methods and the dispersion minimization method is that GWW uses a data “cleaning” which is based on an inappropriate idea of consistency.
Bias and consistency in time delay estimation methods: case of the double quasar HE 1104-1805
Another theory by Dukan and Teˇsanovi´c,24 which would predict Rs = 0 in the clean limit of T = 0, is also inconsistent with the data.
Theory of de Haas-van Alphen Effect in Type-II Superconductors
Obtained without any free parameter, this clean correspondence between thermodynamic and morphological changes cannot but support the physical nature of these clusters.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
Event selections made possible by 3D position resolution and CSR result in a dramatic suppression of background, as shown in the clean energy spectrum of 88Y obtained with 3-site Compton events (Fig. 4).
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects