• The job that's never ended--Cleaning up for inspection
    The job that's never ended--Cleaning up for inspection
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cleanness without moral defects
    • n cleanness the state of being clean; without dirt or other impurities
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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: Certain frogs can reguritate their stomachs, in order to clean them (with their feet)
    • Cleanness Purity of life or language; freedom from licentious courses.
    • Cleanness The state or quality of being clean.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Head lice actually prefer to live on clean heads, not dirty ones.
    • n cleanness The state or quality of being clean. Freedom from dirt, filth, or foreign or offensive matter; neatness.
    • n cleanness Freedom from ceremonial pollution.
    • n cleanness Exactness; purity; justness; correctness: used of language or style.
    • n cleanness Moral purity; innocence; freedom from anything dishonorable, immoral, or sinful.
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  • The Koran
    The Koran
    “God loveth the clean.”
  • George Burns
    “It's hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Character must be kept bright as well as clean.”
  • Thomas J. Peters
    “If your company has a clean-desk policy, the company is nuts and you're nuts to stay there.”
  • Sheila M. Eby
    Sheila M. Eby
    “A computer won't clean up the errors in your manual of procedures.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. clnnes,. See Clean


In literature:

The leading essentials in a seed-bed for clover are fineness, cleanness, moistness and firmness.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
I cannot tell you when I am thirsty, so give me clean, cool water often.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
When the legs are badly swollen wash them with clean warm water and Castile soap and dry them well with a clean soft cloth.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
They were clean and blue.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
The table must be perfectly clean and covered with a clean white cover (table-cloth, doilies, paper napkins, or oil-cloth).
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
We cleaned up the camp, and then Jed Smith arrived.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
She had swept them a week or so ago and had settled in her mind that they would do until house-cleaning time.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
To further avoid germs the milker should wear clean overalls, should have clean hands, and, above all, should never wet his hands with milk.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Then I had clean warm clothes and I had to keep them clean, too!
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Clean walls, clean floors, and a scrupulously clean bed must be maintained throughout the puerperium.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler

In poetry:

Happy the man to whom his God
No more imputes his sin,
But, washed in the Redeemer's blood,
Hath made his garments clean.
"Psalm XXXII: Happy the Man" by Isaac Watts
Happy the man to whom his God
No more imputes his sin,
But, washed in the Redeemer's blood,
Hath made his garments clean!
"Psalm 32" by Isaac Watts
For lo! in human hearts unseen
The Healer dwelleth still,
And they who make His temples clean
The best subserve His will.
"The Healer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
He can shun all that’s mean,
He can keep himself clean,
Both without and within;-
That’s a very fine thing he can do.
"What Can a Little Chap Do?" by John Oxenham
Like sea-washed sand upon the shore,
So fine and clean the tale,
So clear and bright I almost see,
The flashing of a sail.
"On A Clean Book" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
What I have done, Lord, make it clean
With thy forgiveness dear;
That so to-day what might have been,
To-morrow may appear.
"Evening Hymn" by George MacDonald

In news:

Volunteers and an inmate crew work to clean up tons of debris left under the Antelope bridge Tuesday morning as part of an effort to clean up the sand slough .
Joe Appleby photographed in the area where they dry newly-cleaned rugs at Appleby's Carpet Cleaning nd Restoration, in San Leandro, Calif on Tuesday April 13, 2010.
White Center Spring Clean event cleans, paints and revitalizes the community.
Spring Clean in White Center was a massive effort by hundreds of volunteers to clean up and revitalize the community on Saturday May 19.
After you've knocked out your usual cleaning checklist, here's a new challenge to consider: Are you up for spring-clean ing your sex life.
While I always do some sort of grand spring-clean ing project, usually involving the basement, garage and my closet, I never think to clean out my pantry.
Hoping to prove a point and get her kids to clean up after themselves, Jessica Stillwell just stopped cleaning.
SSPC-SP WJ-1/NACE WJ-1, Waterjet Cleaning of Metals – Clean to Bare Substrate .
5, which has been withdrawn SP WJ-1 contains requirements for cleaning metals to bare substrate using waterjet cleaning, including the required end condition of the surface and procedures and materials necessary to achieve the end condition.
Offer controlled-moisture cleaning through Alpine Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning.
Alpine Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning can clean up without hurting the environment.
I was expecting to be greeted with a load of clean, sparkling clothes and instead I saw my 2G iPod Nano, drenched but undoubtedly clean after its spin in the washer.
SSPC-SP WJ-2/NACE WJ-2, Waterjet Cleaning of Metals – Very Thorough Cleaning.
Being involved in agriculture, we know clean water is of utmost importance, and that farmers are certainly doing their part to keep ground water clean.
If spring cleaning has turned into summer cleaning, consider donating items to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, which will host a White Elephant Sale during the Salmon Days Festival on Oct 6-7.

In science:

The net exposure times (after dead-time correction) for the cleaned event lists are reported in Table 1.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
This is a clean and simple strategy: there is no reason to restrict the analysis of the In fact, in a free-field theory (the lattice version of ) propagator to the limit p → 0.
Large logarithmic rescaling of the scalar condensate: a subtlety with substantial phenomenological implications
The resulting “clean” image was treated in the same way as the 3.5 and 2 cm maps to identify the counterparts of the cm sources.
Relative Evolutionary Time Scale of Hot Molecular Cores with Respect to Ultra Compact HII Regions
The Esterel language has clean mathematical semantics that interpret an Esterel program as a Finite State Machine (FSM), a state-graph model with labels over the graph edges.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
Studying problems for clean systems or systems with a long range disorder one needs a different scheme.
Random Matrices and Supersymmetry in Disordered Systems