- the clearing of a ship at a port.
- Also called clearance papers.the official papers certifying this.
- clearance sale,
Origin of clearance
Examples from the Web for clearance
Clearance is determined by a having a current test entered into PASS.
In 2008 it granted “top secret” clearance to an employee who had recently been convicted of lying to government officials.Booz Allen Keeps Winning Government Security Contracts After Snowden Leak|Filipa Ioannou|August 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The depth of the background investigations depends on the level of clearance.
Insiders suggest it could take up to three fiscal years and a senatorial act to overhaul the current clearance system.
Some say there are systematic problems with the methods OPM uses to carry out its clearance investigations.
I desire you will come to the bottom of it in clearance to me.Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
This was sent up for clearance, and insofar as the citizenship angle was concerned, I agreed with what they had done.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The obtaining of a clearance at the custom-house was not a very difficult matter.
Not only that, but they have a clearance for this kind of special work—we've needed them before.Out Like a Light|Gordon Randall Garrett
They got their clearance without delay and headed for the ready room.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin|Al Avery
- the process or an instance of clearingslum clearance
- (as modifier)a clearance order
- the disposal of merchandise at reduced prices
- (as modifier)a clearance sale
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.