clear

Definitions

  • "'Boh! Boh!' the clear voice shouted."
    "'Boh! Boh!' the clear voice shouted."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj clear readily apparent to the mind "a clear and present danger","a clear explanation","a clear case of murder","a clear indication that she was angry","gave us a clear idea of human nature"
    • adj clear allowing light to pass through "clear water","clear plastic bags","clear glass","the air is clear and clean"
    • adj clear free from confusion or doubt "a complex problem requiring a clear head","not clear about what is expected of us"
    • adj clear free from clouds or mist or haze "on a clear day"
    • adj clear accurately stated or described "a set of well-defined values"
    • adj clear characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving "clear mind","a percipient author"
    • adj clear clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible "as clear as a whistle","clear footprints in the snow","the letter brought back a clear image of his grandfather","a spire clean-cut against the sky","a clear-cut pattern"
    • adj clear (especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law "I have clear title to this property"
    • adj clear free from contact or proximity or connection "we were clear of the danger","the ship was clear of the reef"
    • adj clear freed from any question of guilt "is absolved from all blame","was now clear of the charge of cowardice","his official honor is vindicated"
    • adj clear easily deciphered
    • adj clear clear of charges or deductions "a clear profit"
    • adj clear affording free passage or view "a clear view","a clear path to victory","open waters","the open countryside"
    • adj clear free from flaw or blemish or impurity "a clear perfect diamond","the clear complexion of a healthy young woman"
    • adj clear (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings","clear laughter like a waterfall","clear reds and blues","a light lilting voice like a silver bell"
    • adj clear free of restrictions or qualifications "a clean bill of health","a clear winner"
    • adj clear characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt) "a clear conscience","regarded her questioner with clear untroubled eyes"
    • adv clear in an easily perceptible manner "could be seen clearly under the microscope","She cried loud and clear"
    • adv clear completely "read the book clear to the end","slept clear through the night","there were open fields clear to the horizon"
    • v clear free (the throat) by making a rasping sound "Clear the throat"
    • v clear rid of obstructions "Clear your desk"
    • v clear remove "clear the leaves from the lawn","Clear snow from the road"
    • v clear make a way or path by removing objects "Clear a path through the dense forest"
    • v clear remove the occupants of "Clear the building"
    • v clear remove (people) from a building "clear the patrons from the theater after the bomb threat"
    • v clear rid of instructions or data "clear a memory buffer"
    • v clear make clear, bright, light, or translucent "The water had to be cleared through filtering"
    • v clear make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear "Could you clarify these remarks?","Clear up the question of who is at fault"
    • v clear settle, as of a debt "clear a debt","solve an old debt"
    • v clear grant authorization or clearance for "Clear the manuscript for publication","The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
    • v clear pronounce not guilty of criminal charges "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
    • v clear pass an inspection or receive authorization "clear customs"
    • v clear pass by, over, or under without making contact "the balloon cleared the tree tops"
    • v clear go away or disappear "The fog cleared in the afternoon"
    • v clear sell "We cleared a lot of the old model cars"
    • v clear be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts "The check will clear within 2 business days"
    • v clear earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages "How much do you make a month in your new job?","She earns a lot in her new job","this merger brought in lots of money","He clears $5,000 each month"
    • v clear make as a net profit "The company cleared $1 million"
    • v clear yield as a net profit "This sale netted me $1 million"
    • v clear clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc. "clear the water before it can be drunk"
    • v clear free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment "Clear the ship and let it dock"
    • v clear go unchallenged; be approved "The bill cleared the House"
    • v clear become clear "The sky cleared after the storm"
    • n clear a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water "finally broke out of the forest into the open"
    • n clear the state of being free of suspicion "investigation showed that he was in the clear"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A few farm tools used by an early settler for cultivating his newly cleared land A few farm tools used by an early settler for cultivating his newly cleared land
Twin Carrier with Kiln Door loaded and rolling clear of Opening Twin Carrier with Kiln Door loaded and rolling clear of Opening
Drawing Out Clear Drawing Out Clear
"TO MAKE FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS CLEAR, AN' HELP THE CHILDREN TOO." "TO MAKE FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS CLEAR, AN' HELP THE CHILDREN TOO."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On a clear night in the Northern Hemisphere the naked eye can discern some 5000 stars.
    • Clear Able to perceive clearly; keen; acute; penetrating; discriminating; as, a clear intellect; a clear head. "Mother of science! now I feel thy power
      Within me clear , not only to discern
      Things in their causes, but to trace the ways
      Of highest agents."
    • Clear Easily or distinctly heard; audible; canorous. "Hark! the numbers soft and clear Gently steal upon the ear."
    • Clear Free from ambiguity or indistinctness; lucid; perspicuous; plain; evident; manifest; indubitable. "One truth is clear ; whatever is, is right."
    • Clear Free from embarrassment; detention, etc. "The cruel corporal whispered in my ear,
      Five pounds, if rightly tipped, would set me clear ."
    • Clear Free from guilt or stain; unblemished. "Statesman, yet friend to truth! in soul sincere,
      In action faithful, and in honor clear ."
    • Clear Free from impediment or obstruction; unobstructed; as, a clear view; to keep clear of debt. "My companion . . . left the way clear for him."
    • Clear Free from opaqueness; transparent; bright; light; luminous; unclouded. "The stream is so transparent, pure, and clear .""Fair as the moon, clear as the sun."
    • n Clear klēr (Carp) Full extent; distance between extreme limits; especially; the distance between the nearest surfaces of two bodies, or the space between walls; as, a room ten feet square in the clear .
    • Clear In a clear manner; plainly. "Now clear I understand
      What oft . . . thoughts have searched in vain."
    • Clear Not clouded with passion; serene; cheerful. "With a countenance as clear As friendship wears at feasts."
    • Clear To become free from clouds or fog; to become fair; -- of the weather; -- often followed by up off, or away. "So foul a sky clears not without a storm.""Advise him to stay till the weather clears up."
    • Clear To become free from turbidity; -- of solutions or suspensions of liquids; as, the salt has not completely dissolved until the suspension clears up; when refrigerated, the juice may become cloudy, but when warmed to room temperature, it clears up again.
    • Clear To disengage one's self from incumbrances, distress, or entanglements; to become free. "He that clears at once will relapse; for finding himself out of straits, he will revert to his customs; but he that cleareth by degrees induceth a habit of frugality."
    • Clear To free from impediment or incumbrance, from defilement, or from anything injurious, useless, or offensive; as, to clear land of trees or brushwood, or from stones; to clear the sight or the voice; to clear one's self from debt; -- often used with of off away, or out. "Clear your mind of cant.""A statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter."
    • Clear To free from impurities; to clarify; to cleanse.
    • Clear To free from obscurity or ambiguity; to relive of perplexity; to make perspicuous. "Many knotty points there are
      Which all discuss, but few can clear ."
    • Clear To free from the imputation of guilt; to justify, vindicate, or acquit; -- often used with from before the thing imputed. "I . . . am sure he will clear me from partiality.""How! wouldst thou clear rebellion?"
    • Clear To gain without deduction; to net. "The profit which she cleared on the cargo."
    • Clear To leap or pass by, or over, without touching or failure; as, to clear a hedge; to clear a reef.
    • Clear (Banking) To make exchanges of checks and bills, and settle balances, as is done in a clearing house.
    • Clear To obtain a clearance; as, the steamer cleared for Liverpool to-day.
    • Clear To render bright, transparent, or undimmed; to free from clouds. "He sweeps the skies and clears the cloudy north."
    • Clear To render more quick or acute, as the understanding; to make perspicacious. "Our common prints would clear up their understandings."
    • Clear Without defect or blemish, such as freckles or knots; as, a clear complexion; clear lumber.
    • Clear Without diminution; in full; net; as, clear profit. "I often wished that I had clear ,
      For life, six hundred pounds a-year."
    • Clear Without limitation; wholly; quite; entirely; as, to cut a piece clear off.
    • Clear Without mixture; entirely pure; as, clear sand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The hair on a polar bearis not white, but clear. They reflect light, so they appear white.
    • clear Free from darkness or opacity; bright; brilliant; luminous; unclouded; not obscured.
    • clear Bright-colored; gay; showy; magnificent.
    • clear Free from anything that would impair transparency or purity of color; pellucid; transparent: as, clear water; a clear complexion.
    • clear Specifically.
    • clear In glass-working, free from etching, depolish, or anything which could dull the surface. Objects partially depolished are said to be half-clear.
    • clear Not confused or dull; quick and exact in action, as the mind or its faculties; acute, as the senses: as, a clear mind; a clear head.
    • clear Manifest to the mind; comprehensible; well defined or apprehended. In philosophy, as a technical term, clear is opposed to obscure, and does not imply that the idea to which it is applied is so perfectly apprehended as would be implied by the adjective distinct (opposed to indistinct or confused). These words were first used technically as applied to vision by writers on optics. Clear vision occurs where there is sufficient light; distinct vision, where the parts of the object seen can be recognized. Descartes extended the terms to the mental apprehension of truth, which he considered analogous to vision. Leibnitz gave more technically logical definitions, especially of the term distinct (which see), and added the term adequate.
    • clear Obvious to the senses; distinctly and easily perceptible.
    • clear Free from anything that perturbs; undisturbed by care or passion; unruffled; serene; calm.
    • clear Free from guilt or blame; morally unblemished; irreproachable; pure.
    • clear Free from something objectionable, especially from entanglement or embarrassment; free from accusation or imputation, distress, imprisonment, or the like: absolute or followed by of or from.
    • clear Free from impediment or obstruction; unobstructed: as, a clear view.
    • clear Sounding distinctly; plainly audible; canorous: as, his voice was loud and clear.
    • clear Without diminution or deduction; absolute; net: as, clear profit or gain.
    • clear Without admixture, adulteration, or dilution: as, a fabric of clear silk; clear brandy; clear tea.
    • clear Free from defect or blemish: as, clear lumber.
    • clear Free from doubt; mentally certain; clearly convinced; sure: as, I am perfectly clear on that point.
    • clear Sole; unaided; unaccompanied.
    • n clear In carp., arch., etc., unobstructed space; space between two bodies in which no third body intervenes; unbroken or uninterrupted surface: used only in the phrase in the clear: as, it measures fifty feet in the clear.
    • n clear That which is clarified; clarified liquor or other matter.
    • n clear Light; clearness.
    • clear Clearly; plainly; not obscurely; manifestly.
    • clear Quite; entirely; wholly; clean: as, to cut a piece clear off; he climbed clear to the top.
    • clear To remove whatever diminishes brightness, transparency, or purity of color from: as, to clear liquors; to clear a mirror; to clear the sky.
    • clear To make clear to the mind; free from obscurity, perplexity, or ambiguity; explain; solve; prove: now generally followed by up, or by from or of before the thing removed: as, to clear up a case; to clear a theory from doubt; to clear a statement of confusing details.
    • clear To free from obstructions; free from any impediment or encumbrance, or from anything useless, noxious, or injurious: as, to clear the way; to clear the table; to clear the sea of pirates; to clear land of trees; to clear the voice.
    • clear To free from foreign or extraneous matter; remove anything from that impairs purity or homogeneity. Specifically— In galvanizing sheet-iron, to remove oxid from (the surface of the plates under treatment) by immersion in muriatic acid.
    • clear To remove (something that has ceased to be wanted, or is of the nature of an encumbrance, impediment, or obstruction): with off, away, etc.: as, to clear off debts; to clear away the débris.
    • clear To empty.
    • clear To free; liberate or disengage; rid: absolutely or with of or from: as, to clear one's self from debt or obligation.
    • clear To justify or vindicate; prove or declare to be innocent; acquit.
    • clear To make gain or profit to the amount of, beyond all expenses and charges; net.
    • clear To leap clean over, or pass by without touching; get over or past: as, to clear a hedge or ditch; to clear a rock at sea by a few yards.
    • clear Nautical and com., to free from legal detention, as imported goods or a ship, by paying duties or dues and procuring and giving the requisite documents: as, to clear a cargo; to clear a ship at the custom-house.
    • clear To become free from whatever diminishes brightness or transparency, as the sky from clouds or fog; become fair: absolutely or with up or off.
    • clear To pass away or disappear, as from the sky: followed by off or away: as, the mist clears off or away.
    • clear To be disengaged from encumbrances, distress, or entanglements; become free or disengaged.
    • clear To exchange checks and bills, and settle balances, as is done in clearing-houses. See clearing-house.
    • clear Nautical, to leave a port: often followed by out or outward: as, several vessels cleared yesterday; the ship will clear out or outward tomorrow.
    • clear To make room; go away.
    • clear In bookbinding, to remove the waste paper and pare down the superfluous leather on the inside of a book-cover, preparatory to pasting in the end papers.
    • clear See def. 5, above.
    • clear See def. 1, above.
    • clear To cheer up.
    • n clear In botany, an open space.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "glair" is the white or clear part of an egg. The word glair comes from the Latin clarus, meaning "clear."
    • adj Clear klēr pure, bright, undimmed: free from obstruction or difficulty: plain, distinct: without blemish, defect, drawback, or diminution: conspicuous: transparent
    • adv Clear in a clear manner: plainly: wholly: quite
    • v.t Clear to make clear: to empty: to free from obscurity, obstruction, or guilt: to free, acquit, or vindicate; to leap, or pass by or over; to make profit: to settle a bill
    • v.i Clear to become clear: to grow free, bright, or transparent
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Quotations

  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Clearly spoken, Mr. Fogg; you explain English by Greek.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.”
  • Peter Marshall
    Peter Marshall
    “Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for -- because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
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    “A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.”

Idioms

Clear as a bell - If something is as clear as a bell, it is very clear or easy to understand.
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Clear as mud - If something is as clear as mud, then it is very confusing and unclear.
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Clear the decks - When you clear the decks, you get ready for an important action and put away items that might get in your way.
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Coast is clear - When the coast is clear, the people supposed to be watching you are not there and you are able to move or leave.
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In the clear - If someone is in the clear, they are no longer suspected of or charged with wrongdoing.
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Steer clear of - If you steer clear of something, you avoid it.
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When the dust clears - "When the dust clears" is a way to say when everything's finished and the results are seen. ("When the dust settles" is also used)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cler, cleer, OF. cler, F. clair, fr.L. clarus, clear, bright, loud, distinct, renowned; perh. akin to L. clamare, to call, E. claim,. Cf. Chanticleer Clairvoyant Claret Clarify

Usage

In literature:

But it was also clear that his assailant had possessed no experience in the use of the knife as a weapon.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Waterman had talked about "things clearing up," and "coming into his own"; but would things ever clear up?
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Then we grown-ups reached the edge of the clearing.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
She does sleep rather late; but that makes her eyes so clear.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Once clear of these, however, he gave no more heed to secrecy, and walked boldly along open paths in the full, bright evening light.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
The night was clear and bitterly cold when Hawtrey and Sally Creighton drove away from Stukely's barn.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
His instructions are to clear the river thoroughly of anything that might in any way affect the water supply.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Lang had cleared the way to the skiff; was almost at his companion's side.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
The innocence of Mahommed Reza Khan was not so clearly established.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
It makes little demand upon an author further than that he shall say clearly something that is interesting.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
IN the preparation of the following pages, the author has aimed at clearness of statement, rather than elegance of diction.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Self-elected seconds make a kind of show of getting a clear space.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
His eyes, gray in color, were clear and direct as he faced his questioners.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
In two bounds he cleared the cabbages and came mincingly down to the fray.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
And when his eyes cleared, all he could see was Raoul's sneer.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
When the milk boils, pour it upon the ale; let it stand a few minutes to clear, and it will make a fine cordial.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Set it over a clear charcoal fire to boil; skim it clean, and, when it looks clear, put in the quinces.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
A view of the general situation in Belgium will assist in clearing the way for swiftly following events.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
These facts were clearly established; and the proof is that the three stones are there to this day.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Meltor kicked over two of the stools to clear them of dust, replaced them, then cleared the table top in the same way.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
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In poetry:

Now mind is clear
as a cloudless sky.
Time then to make a
home in wilderness.
"A Desolaltion" by Allen Ginsberg
Yea or nay
I cannot clearly say;
'Tis cruel that
To my heart true
I cannot be, in this world
"Yea or nay" by Ise
Clear your coil of kinkings
Into perfect plaiting,
Locking loops and linkings
Interpenetrating.
"Cats Cradle Song," by James Clerk Maxwell
It were my soul's desire
To study zealously;
This, too, my soul's desire,
A clear rule set for me.
"The Soul's Desire" by Anonymous Irish
But still in dreams I see her stand,
A fairer Flora,
Serene, immortal, by the strand
Of clear Narora.
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley
Happy shepherds, on whose ear
Fell the tidings glad and clear,
"God to man is drawing near."
Alleluia!
"Blessed Night, When First That Plain" by Horatius Bonar

In news:

Plans Further Actions to Help Clear Colorado's Dead Forests, Rejuvenate Forest-Management Industry.
It took more than a decade, a lot of detective work and a protracted legal case to clear the way for a new portion of the Bartram Trail in Macon County now under construction.
In her review "The New Psychology of Women", Phyllis Grosskurth mentions Louise J Kaplan as "one of the few theorists to draw a clear distinction between a penis and a phallus.
Dennis Pitta passes baseline test, cleared for contact.
Bryce Harper's baserunning sparks Nationals before benches clear against Cubs.
Before Bryce Harper was thrown at in the Nationals' 9-2 sweep-sealing, benches-clearing romp over the Cubs, he started the scoring barrage with his ferocious brand of baserunning.
19 m ago (accident mostly cleared but dot must repair the guardrail).
These sexy Hollywood celebrities clearly aren't bashful about their bikini bodies.
Miley Cyrus has clearly worked hard to get her best body ever, and she isn't bashful about showing it off.
Kansas City, MO: Clear sky, 73 °F.
18 m ago ++MIDDLE NECK ROAD SB IS REOPENED AT BARSTOW ROAD IN GREAT NECK PLAZA ACCIDENT HAS BEEN CLEARED++.
The identity of the police officer killed at the bath house was not immediately clear.
As a principle of your organization, you clearly understand the importance of sales in the organization.
Although it was clearly a drink, the hostess of the Hieke distillery's tasting room told me to treat it like food.
But then Fox News' Chris Wallace schooled Obama, saying after the debate, "The Marines still use bayonets , so it may not be clear who doesn't understand what the military still uses".
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In science:

Clearly, since P (N ) is real the eigenvalues are either real or come in complex conjugate pairs, but no other phase than zero is distinguished by that argument.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
The numerical results show clearly that for a given a one can always find such a temperature of the gas that the equilibrium distribution is given by GUE.
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles
This and (3.1) clearly imply the conclusion of the lemma.
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
The large gap of 550 meV reported in Ref. clearly contradicts the claim of Wu et. al. to reproduce the bandstructure of Ref. by backfolding.
On the electronic structure of CaCuO2 and SrCuO2
As we increase the size we clearly see the emerging signal of the short range correlations which approaches the theoretical curve.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
It is however clear that it is mediated through the geometry.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
This is intuitively clear : When h = 0 the probability of the spin being up or down must be equal independently of the surrounding geometry.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
It is clear there needs to be a login menu screen.
A GRB Tool Shed
It is clear why Γ obtained by the authors based on averages for KTH data, is decreasing: the runs with larger Reynolds number and smaller slopes contribute more at larger y+ .
A Note on the Intermediate Region in Turbulent Boundary Layers
The infinite slope in the quantum case is clearly a consequence of the singularities in the density of states.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
The lower left panel shows the velocity field which clearly indicates a velocity gradient along the optical major axis.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Figure 8 shows that there seems to be a clear offset between the highest peaks in the H I column density at 1.2 x 1021 cm-2 and the location of the primary Hα complexes.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
If d is an integer in D then clearly Q(πd ) is a proper subfield of Q(π).
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
It is clear that A is absolutely simple if and only if Aℓ is simple for every finite extension ℓ of k .
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
Such a morphology would not be unexpected in a region populated by H ii regions that could have effectively cleared such cavities (see Jones et al. 1998).
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
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