clearance

[ kleer-uh ns ]
/ ˈklɪər əns /

noun

Origin of clearance

First recorded in 1555–65; clear + -ance
Related formsclear·er, nounnon·clear·ance, nounpre·clear·ance, noun, adjectiveself-clear·ance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clearance-papers

clearance

/ (ˈklɪərəns) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for clearance-papers

clearance


n.

1560s, "action of clearing," from clear (v.) + -ance. Meaning "a clear space" is from 1788. Meaning "approval, permission" (especially to land or take off an aircraft) is from 1944, American English; national security sense recorded from 1948. Clearance sale attested by 1843.

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Medicine definitions for clearance-papers

clearance

[ klîrəns ]

n.

The removal of a substance from the blood, expressed as the volume of blood or plasma cleared of the substance per unit time.
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