• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cleansing acting like an antiseptic
    • adj cleansing cleansing the body by washing; especially ritual washing of e.g. hands "ablutionary rituals"
    • n cleansing the act of making something clean "he gave his shoes a good cleaning"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cleansing Adapted to cleanse and purify; designed for or devoted to purifying.
    • n cleansing The act of making clean; cleaning; purification.
    • n cleansing That which is removed in cleaning; dirt or refuse removed; specifically, the placenta or afterbirth: usually applied to animals.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cleansing purification
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  • John H. Aughey
    John H. Aughey
    “God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.”
  • Harriet Rochlin
    Harriet Rochlin
    “Laughter can be more satisfying than honor; more precious than money; more heart-cleansing than prayer.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Sorrow is the rust of the soul and activity will cleanse and brighten it.”


In literature:

Just because they were so unclean and brutish His holiness longed all the more to cleanse them.
"True Words for Brave Men" by Charles Kingsley
Cleanse away the froth and mucus from the nose and month.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
His directions for cleansing the teeth were rather detailed.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
At this time your cleansing operation commences; after which it will work but little in the casks.
"The American Practical Brewer and Tanner" by Joseph Coppinger
Surrender yourself to Him to be changed and cleansed and used as He may choose.
"Quiet Talks on Power" by S.D. Gordon
In addition to this thorough cleansing with hot water, we should be careful never to stir up the dust of the barn just before milking.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Warm cleansing baths should be taken twice a week at night.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
We are cleansed, but we have still to cleanse ourselves.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Cleanse the finger nails.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
The wound should then be cleansed, closed and dressed and kept at rest.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague

In poetry:

And the souls of the unburied,
When they looked upon His face,
Were cleansed of sin and entered in
To His redeeming grace.
"The Ballad of Lost Souls" by John Oxenham
And she--last at the cross,
First at the tomb, who waits--
Woman--will watch to cleanse from dross
The cause she elevates.
"Dedication Of A Temperance Hall" by Mary Baker Eddy
In the middle of the year
I many points of grief
Do have;
I may cleanse them, yet from the world
They will not fade, I fear.
"In the middle of the year" by Ise
He lifted up the murdered man
And plunged him in the flood,
And in the running waters then
He cleansed his hands from blood.
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey
Jesus is our Sanctifier,
Cleansing us from self and sin,
And with all His Spirit’s fullness,
Filling all our hearts within.
"Jesus Only Is Our Message" by Albert Benjamin Simpson
Evilly I think, evilly I act,
but all things you heal and cleanse.
My days then you transform
From gravel to precious stones.
"Evening Prayer" by Karin Boye

In news:

The chance to end a three-game slide, move one win away from bowl eligibility and cleanse the palette from last weekend's shocking setback at Indiana.
Yung Chang 's palate-cleansing documentary.
A day of cleansing and seeking forgiveness.
Ritual JuiceBox explains ' cleansing ' craze.
RitualJuice Box joins the fray of " cleansing juice bars" opening up in Orange County.
There is a wide variety of products and routines that claim to " cleanse " or "detoxify" the body.
Are You Using Cleansing Wipes Incorrectly.
When I say " cleanse ," I mean it in the sense of true cleaning —a strategy that helps your body rid itself of toxins.
Oz's Two-Day Wonder Cleanse .
Rhodia has expanded its product portfolio with the addition of two raw materials to condition and cleanse .
Economic cleansing , part two.
Valonda visits The Spa At Miller-Motte College to learn the benefits of deep cleansing facials.
Christians are being ethnically cleansed throughout the Middle East.
Given what my disgusted co-workers tell me about their cleanses , and the relatively decent nutritional content of this one, I consider the juice method a winner if you're inclined to cleanse .
To prepare for Valentine's day EW staffers decided to cleanse .

In science:

The first usage (also known as data cleansing) is important when the analysis carried on the data is not robust.
Threshold-Controlled Global Cascading in Wireless Sensor Networks
In this paper, we investigate a simple model of cleansing and amplifying outliers in wireless sensor networks.
Threshold-Controlled Global Cascading in Wireless Sensor Networks
CONCLU S ION In this paper, we explored cascade dynamics in thresholdcontrolled (multiplex) propagation on random geometric networks as a simple yet effective model of outliers cleansing and amplifying in wireless sensor networks.
Threshold-Controlled Global Cascading in Wireless Sensor Networks
The multi-epoch analysis of SDSS photometry in Sesar et al. (2007) indicates that fewer than 5% of the ob jects in the main stellar locus exhibit variability with ∆g > 0.05 mag. A sigma-clipped iterative analysis of multi-epoch photometry should be able to produce a cleansed standard stellar locus.
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
Consciences cleansed, we proceed to the usual assortment of um-provokers.
Astrophysics in 2005