Clean

Definition of Clean

Pronunciation: klēn
a.1.Free from dirt or filth; as, clean clothes.
2.Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects; as, clean land; clean timber.
3.Free from awkwardness; not bungling; adroit; dexterous; as, a clean trick; a clean leap over a fence.
4.Free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style.
5.Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire.
When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of corners of thy field.
- Lev. xxiii. 22.
6.Free from moral defilement; sinless; pure.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
- Ps. li. 10
That I am whole, and clean, and meet for Heaven
- Tennyson.
7.(Script.) Free from ceremonial defilement.
8.Free from that which is corrupting to the morals; pure in tone; healthy.
9.Well-proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs.
A clean bill of health
a certificate from the proper authority that a ship is free from infection.
Clean breach
See under Breach, n., 4.
To make a clean breast
See under Breast.
adv.1.Without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly; entirely.
All the people were passed clean over Jordan.
- Josh. iii. 17.
2.Without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously.
v. t.1.To render clean; to free from whatever is foul, offensive, or extraneous; to purify; to cleanse.
[imp. & p. p. Cleaned (klēnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cleaning.]
To clean out
to exhaust; to empty; to get away from (one) all his money.
- De Quincey.

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