- The definition of clean is not dirty, or sober, or off of drugs, or morally pure.
- An example of clean is a room that has just been vacuumed and dusted.
- An example of clean os someone who is in Alcoholics Anonymous and who has been sober for four months.
- An example of clean is a joke that has no sexual connotations or adult material.
- To clean is to take action to make something not dirty.
An example of clean is to vacuum or dust.
A woman washing her hands so they will be clean.
clean definition by Webster's New World
- free from dirt, contamination, impurities, etc.; unsoiled; unstained
- free from disease, infection, radioactivity, etc.
- ☆ producing little immediate fallout: said of nuclear weapons
- producing few or no pollutants; non-polluting: clean energy
- recently laundered; fresh and unused
- morally pure; sinless
- not obscene or indecent: a clean joke
- fair; sportsmanlike: a rough but clean contest
- keeping oneself or one's surroundings clean; neat and tidy
- shapely; well-formed: a clean profile
- trim; not ornate: clean architectural lines
- skillful; deft: a clean stroke
- having no obstructions, flaws, or roughnesses; clear; regular: a clean drain
- entire; complete; thorough: a clean sweep
- having few corrections; legible: clean copy for the printer
- with nothing in it or on it: clean pockets, a clean sheet of paper
- ☆ Slang
- not carrying a weapon, illegal drugs, etc.
- innocent of an alleged crime
- free from the use or presence of or from addiction to narcotics or other illicit drugs
- free from ceremonial defilement
- fit for food: said of certain animals
Origin: Middle English clene ; from Old English clæne, clean, pure ; from Indo-European an unverified form ĝ(e)lēi- ; from base an unverified form ĝel-, to gleam from source Old Irish gel, gleaming, white, Old High German kleini, gleaming, bright, fine (from source German klein, small)
- in a clean manner
- Informal completely; wholly: clean forgotten
Origin: OE clæne
- to make clean
- to remove (dirt, impurities, etc.) in making clean
- to empty or clear
- to prepare (fish, fowl, etc.) for cooking
- ☆ Slang to take away or use up the money or possessions of: often with out
- Weight Lifting to lift (a barbell) from the floor to the shoulders in one continuous movement
- to be made clean
- to perform the act of cleaning
clean definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective clean·er, clean·est
- Free from dirt, stain, or impurities; unsoiled.
- a. Free from foreign matter or pollution; unadulterated: clean air; clean drinking water.b. Not infected: a clean wound.
- a. Producing relatively little pollution: a clean fuel; a cleaner, more efficient engine.b. Producing relatively little radioactive fallout or contamination: a clean nuclear bomb.
- Having no imperfections or blemishes; regular or even: a clean edge; a smooth, clean joint.
- a. Not ornate or intricate; spare: “the clean lines and exquisite proportions of early modernism” (Judith Thurman).b. Sharply defined; clear-cut: a clean outline against the sky.
- Free from clumsiness; deft; adroit: a clean throw.
- Devoid of restrictions or encumbrances: a clean bill of health.
- Thorough; complete: a clean getaway.
- Having few alterations or corrections; legible: clean manuscript.
- Blank: a clean page.
- a. Morally pure; virtuous: led a clean life.b. Having no marks of discredit or offense: a clean voting record.
- Fit for all readers, listeners, or audiences; not ribald or obscene: a clean joke.
- Honest or fair: a clean fighter; a clean competition.
- Slang a. Not carrying concealed weapons or drugs.b. Innocent of a suspected crime.
- Informal a. Free from narcotics addiction.b. Showing no evidence of using banned or performance-enhancing substances: proven to be clean before the race.
- So as to be unsoiled: wash the dishes clean.
- In a fair manner: played the game clean.
- In a clean or nonpolluting manner: a fuel that burns clean.
- Informal Entirely; wholly: clean forgot the appointment.
- To rid of dirt, rubbish, or impurities: clean a room; clean a suit.
- To get rid of (impurities or dirt, for example); remove: cleaned up the trash; cleaned off the stains.
- To prepare (fowl or other food) for cooking, as by removing the entrails or fat.
- To remove the contents from; empty: cleaned my plate.
- Sports To lift (a barbell) from the floor to the shoulders in one motion.
Origin: Middle English clene, from Old English clǣne.
- cleanˈa·ble adjective
- cleanˈness noun
clean - Phrases/Idioms
- to empty so as to make clean
- to empty
- to make clean, neat, or orderly
- to make oneself clean and neat; get washed, combed, etc.
- Informal to dispose of completely; finish
- â Slang to make much money or profit
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