[ kleer-ing ]
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  1. the act of a person or thing that clears; the process of becoming clear.

  2. a tract of land, as in a forest, that contains no trees or bushes.

  1. the reciprocal exchange between banks of checks and drafts, and the settlement of the differences.

  2. clearings, the total of claims settled at a clearinghouse.

Origin of clearing

First recorded in 1350–1400, clearing is from the Middle English word clering.See clear, -ing1

Other words from clearing

  • un·clear·ing, adjective

Words Nearby clearing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use clearing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for clearing


/ (ˈklɪərɪŋ) /

  1. an area with few or no trees or shrubs in wooded or overgrown land

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