Origin of clearing
Related formsun·clear·ing, adjective
Definition for clearing (2 of 2)
adjective, clear·er, clear·est.
- (of an l-sound) having front-vowel resonance; situated before a vowel in the same syllable.Compare dark(def 16a).
- (of a speech sound) produced without frication or aspiration.
adverb, clear·er, clear·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to comply with customs and other requirements legally imposed on entering or leaving a port (often followed by in or out).
- to leave port after having complied with such requirements.
- to remove in order to make room.
- to leave; escape: We were warned to clear off before the floods came.
- to disappear; vanish: When the smoke cleared away, we saw that the house was in ruins.
- to remove the contents of: Clear out the closet.
- to remove; take away: Clear out your clothes from the closet.
- to go away, especially quickly or abruptly.
- to drive or force out: The police cleared out the pickets by force.
- to make clear; explain; solve.
- to put in order; tidy up.
- to become better or brighter, as the weather.
Origin of clear
SYNONYMS FOR clear
Examples from the Web for clearing
Not only will it immediately save lives, but the threat of jail time has a way of clearing the mind on subjects such as these.
A morning mist hung over everything, clearing occasionally to reveal lone fishermen.
He was clearing the decks for the president who had defeated Hillary in the 2008 primaries.
Clearing the river of legal commercial traffic, Naw Kham now had total control over what and who moved on the water.How China Used Drones to Capture a Notorious Burmese Drug Lord|Brendon Hong|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Politically, this new report “clearing” Chris Christie is anticlimactic and largely irrelevant.
The fence begins to melt as if in a haze and the logic of clearing this vast expanse of earth and rock escapes him.The Land of Look Behind|Paul Cameron Brown
I think we have the means of clearing Archie, when we can see how to use them.The Three Brides|Charlotte M. Yonge
The task set for Pershing's men was in theory almost as difficult as clearing the Argonne Forest.Our Army at the Front|Heywood Broun
The heavy wagon came out into the clearing, and drew near to the one small house, which was standing within it.The Boys of Old Monmouth|Everett T. Tomlinson
A cell in this condition can be repaired by removing the element and clearing the short circuit.The Automobile Storage Battery|O. A. Witte
British Dictionary definitions for clearing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for clearing (2 of 2)
- free of suspicion, guilt, or blame
- sport able to receive a pass without being tackled
- (of the weather) to become free from dullness, fog, rain, etc
- (of mist, fog, etc) to disappear
- to achieve transmission of (a signalled message) and acknowledgment of its receipt at its destination
- to decode (a message, etc)
Derived Formsclearable, adjectiveclearer, nounclearness, noun
Word Origin for clear
Idioms and Phrases with clearing
In addition to the idioms beginning with clear
- clear as a bell
- clear as crystal
- clear as mud
- clear away
- clear off
- clear one's name
- clear out
- clear the air
- clear the decks
- clear the table
- clear up
- clear with
- coast is clear
- free and clear
- have a clear conscience
- in the clear
- loud and clear
- out of a clear blue sky
- see one's way (clear)
- steer clear of