• "'Boh! Boh!' the clear voice shouted."
    "'Boh! Boh!' the clear voice shouted."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clearing the act of removing solid particles from a liquid
    • n clearing the act of freeing from suspicion
    • n clearing a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Canada it's illegal to pay for a 50 cent item with only pennies, to publicly remove bandages, and for clear or non-dark sodas to contain caffeine.
    • Clearing A method adopted by banks and bankers for making an exchange of checks held by each against the others, and settling differences of accounts.
    • Clearing A tract of land cleared of wood for cultivation. "A lonely clearing on the shores of Moxie Lake."
    • Clearing The act or process of making clear. "The better clearing of this point."
    • Clearing The gross amount of the balances adjusted in the clearing house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On a clear night in the Northern Hemisphere the naked eye can discern some 5000 stars.
    • n clearing The act of making clear. The act of freeing from anything: as, the clearing of land.
    • n clearing In calico-printing, the operation of removing superfluous dye from the cloth, by washing, treating with bran and soap, and grass-bleaching.
    • n clearing In glass manufacturing, the keeping of molten glass in a thinly fluid condition, to permit impurities and all uncombined substances to separate and settle to the bottom, leaving the glass clear. This is assisted by agitation, first by the escape of the gases disengaged, and, when this ceases, by stirring with iron ladles or poles, and finally by introducing some substance containing water, which is pushed to the bottom, and there evolves steam, which works upward through the mass.
    • n clearing In galvanizing sheet-iron, the operation of removing oxid from the surface of the plates under treatment by immersing them in muriatic acid.
    • n clearing In banking, the mutual exchange between banks of checks and drafts, and the settlement of the differences. The place where this is effected is called a clearing-house (which see).
    • n clearing In English railway management, the act of distributing among the different companies the proceeds of the through traffic passing over several railways. The necessary calculations are made in the railway clearing-house in London.
    • n clearing That which is cleared, or is cleared away; specifically, in the plural, the total of the claims to be settled at a clearing-house.
    • n clearing A place or tract of land cleared of wood for cultivation.
    • n clearing The amount of free play or space between the cogs of two geared wheels when fitted together.
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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."
    • ns Clearing the act of making clear: a tract of land cleared of wood, &c., for cultivation: a method by which bankers exchange cheques and drafts, and arrange the differences
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  • Sinclair Lewis
    Sinclair Lewis
    “Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead.”
  • Ernst Fischer
    Ernst Fischer
    “As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.”
  • Renata Adler
    Renata Adler
    “Nothing defines the quality of life in a community more clearly than people who regard themselves, or whom the consensus chooses to regard, as mentally unwell.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “We wound our modesty and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living.”


Clear as a bell - If something is as clear as a bell, it is very clear or easy to understand.
Clear as mud - If something is as clear as mud, then it is very confusing and unclear.
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.
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.
In the clear - If someone is in the clear, they are no longer suspected of or charged with wrongdoing.
Steer clear of - If you steer clear of something, you avoid it.
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)


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. clair—L. clarus, clear.


In literature:

The pony had wandered some distance down the wash, cunningly twitching his trailing reins to one side, clear of his hoofs.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Traded in this place for it, so we'll have that free and clear out of the wreck.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
During the winter the days are generally clear and dry.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
He was glad for every clearing that he came upon and crossed, and felt a decided sense of relief on achieving his hill at last.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
But clearly there is a glory and happiness clear beyond what earthly words can tell.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
This was cleared out, and our strange passenger took possession of it with his chests, while Cudjoe slept at the door.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
We cleared the drove at length; but to my chagrin I perceived that we were nearly across the plain.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
I need to face it with a clear head, and an easy mind.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Clearly it, like the City of God, was destined to wait.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Her duty then was clearly to give them up to each other, with such spirit of self-sacrifice as she might be capable of.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau

In poetry:

Is the beauty of her smiling,
Pale and cold and clear --
What, oh, fearful, dying Viking,
Doth the maiden here?
"The Deserted Fylgia" by Alice Cary
Comes clearly from the open
The plash of distant oars,--
Over the rocky headland
The snow-white sea-gull soars.
"Noon" by Sophie Margaret Hensley
To disentangle one clear wish
Not of her sex, she sought;
And womanish to womanish
Discerned in lighted thought.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
It sank with piteous yelp, resurged
Electrical with fear.
O had she on old Kraken urged
Her word of mercy clear!
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Spare diet and spring-water clear
Physicians hold are good:
Who diets thus need never fear
A fever in the blood.
"The Wandering Pilgrim" by Matthew Prior
I hear the sound of dancing feet,
Of rustic revelry,
Of voices rising clear and sweet—
And each is known to me.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Salma Hayek's baby daddy might be an old French dude, but clearly like wine, his DNA only gets better with age because their super rich, daughter, Valentina Paloma Pinault, is cuuuuuuuuuuute.
Clearly, it's important to earn a college degree, because the earnings gap between high school and college grads is significant.
The attacks that killed the US Ambassador to Libya and three others, supposedly inspired by an anti-Islam movie, may not be as clear cut as initially thought.
Never has this been more clear than in the political crisis that has reached a dramatic pitch in recent weeks.
Judge clears Calif governor's tax for top billing.
Clear, rich stereo music streamed wirelessly.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has paid a $30,000 penalty for serious safety violations in the death of a worker clearing floodwaters last spring.
But this is clearly not the case.
As the first part of the final season comes to a close, one truth is increasingly clear: Walter was never good to begin with.
Just so we're clear, former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen does not hold a grudge against his old club.
Crystal Clear) presents another breezy tale of modern women.
The lot was mostly cleared, a few piles of concrete flecked with smashed desks, chairs and papers the only signs of what once stood here.
Valentine's Day is clearly a gift-getting day for the ladies, but most men hope to get at least some love back as well.
And it was as clear as the crystal baubles sparkling in those chandeliers.
Construction continues clearing a passageway to the Columbia River waterfront through the BNSF Railway berm at the south end of Esther Street on Wednesday.

In science:

Notice that the simulation results and theoretical predictions for SN (t) differ very little from case I to case II despite V0 and D being clearly different in the two situations.
I. Territory covered by N random walkers on deterministic fractals. The Sierpinski gasket
The reason for this behavior is clear: For large N , [Γt (ℓ)]N is only non-neglible when Γt (ℓ) is very close to 1.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
Substituting the temporal scaling anstaz into the definition of Mn (t) gives Mn (t) ∼ t−(n−(θ−1))z R ∞ 0 ηnφ(η)dη and demanding MDf (β , m) be a conserved quantity immediately gives θ = (1 + Df (β , m)), which clearly depends on β and m only if m > 0.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
Moreover, since kT k (T ξ )k ≤ kT kkT k (ξ )k it is clear that Er , and hence also Hr , is invariant for T .
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
It is clear that wsdsw∗s has the same moments as ds , namely the same moments as the measure σs .
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator