clean [klēn]
[ME clene < OE clæne, clean, pure < IE * ĝ(e)lēi- < base * ĝel-, to gleam > OIr gel, gleaming, white, OHG kleini, gleaming, bright, fine (> Ger klein, small)]
a) free from dirt, contamination, impurities, etc.; unsoiled; unstained
b) free from disease, infection, radioactivity, etc.
2. producing little immediate fallout: said of nuclear weapons
3. producing few or no pollutants; non-polluting [clean energy]
4. recently laundered; fresh and unused
a) morally pure; sinless
b) not obscene or indecent [a clean joke]
6. fair; sportsmanlike [a rough but clean contest]
7. keeping oneself or one's surroundings clean; neat and tidy
a) shapely; well-formed [a clean profile]
b) trim; not ornate [clean architectural lines]
9. skillful; deft [a clean stroke]
10. having no obstructions, flaws, or roughnesses; clear; regular [a clean drain]
11. entire; complete; thorough [a clean sweep]
12. having few corrections; legible [clean copy for the printer]
13. with nothing in it or on it [clean pockets, a clean sheet of paper ]
14. Slang
a) not carrying a weapon, illegal drugs, etc.
b) innocent of an alleged crime
c) free from the use or presence of or from addiction to narcotics or other illicit drugs
15. Bible
a) free from ceremonial defilement
b) fit for food: said of certain animals
[OE clæne]
1. in a clean manner
2. Informal completely; wholly [clean forgotten]
1. to make clean
2. to remove (dirt, impurities, etc.) in making clean
3. to empty or clear
4. to prepare (fish, fowl, etc.) for cooking
5. Slang to take away or use up the money or possessions of: often with out
6. Weight Lifting to lift (a barbell) from the floor to the shoulders in one continuous movement: cf. CLEAN AND JERK
1. to be made clean
2. to perform the act of cleaning
clean out
1. to empty so as to make clean
2. to empty
clean up
1. to make clean, neat, or orderly
2. to make oneself clean and neat; get washed, combed, etc.
3. Informal to dispose of completely; finish
4. Slang to make much money or profit
☆ clean up on
Slang to defeat; beat
☆ come clean
Slang to confess; tell the truth
SYN.- CLEAN, the broader term, denotes generally the removal of dirt or impurities, as by washing or brushing; CLEANSE suggests more specifically the use of chemicals, purgatives, etc., and is often used metaphorically to imply purification [to cleanse one's mind of evil thoughts ] –ANT. SOIL1, DIRTY

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