Origin of clearing
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
Antonyms for clear
Related Words for clearingclearance, expanse, opening, dell, glade, gap, margin, allowance, headroom
Examples from the Web for clearing
Contemporary Examples of 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.Why Parents Keep Shooting Their Kids
June 25, 2014
A morning mist hung over everything, clearing occasionally to reveal lone fishermen.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma
June 2, 2014
He was clearing the decks for the president who had defeated Hillary in the 2008 primaries.No One’s Going to Challenge Hillary Clinton
May 10, 2014
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
April 17, 2014
Politically, this new report “clearing” Chris Christie is anticlimactic and largely irrelevant.Christie, Not Quite Dead Yet
March 27, 2014
Historical Examples of clearing
Now he scanned the trees on the edge of the clearing with painful anxiety.Way of the Lawless
The thousand or so human beings who crowded the clearing might not have existed.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"I guess you don't like the table here," she observed icily, clearing away.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
"Well, I 'most wish we'd had her come home," said he at last, clearing his throat.Tiverton Tales
On her way back she had to pass through the woods, where, on one side, was a clearing.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
- (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)
Word Origin for clear
late 14c., "action of making clear," verbal noun from clear (v.). Meaning "land cleared of wood" is from 1818, American English.
late 13c., "bright," from Old French cler "clear" (of sight and hearing), "light, bright, shining; sparse" (12c., Modern French clair), from Latin clarus "clear, loud," of sounds; figuratively "manifest, plain, evident," in transferred use, of sights, "bright, distinct;" also "illustrious, famous, glorious" (source of Italian chiaro, Spanish claro), from PIE *kle-ro-, from root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)).
The sense evolution involves an identification of the spreading of sound and the spreading of light (cf. English loud, used of colors; German hell "clear, bright, shining," of pitch, "distinct, ringing, high"). Of complexion, from c.1300; of the weather, from late 14c.; of meanings or explanations, "manifest to the mind, comprehensible," c.1300. (An Old English word for this was sweotol "distinct, clear, evident.") Sense of "free from encumbrance," apparently nautical, developed c.1500. Phrase in the clear attested from 1715. Clear-sighted is from 1580s (clear-eyed is from 1529s); clear-headed is from 1709.
late 14c., "to fill with light," from clear (adj.). Of weather, from late 14c. Meaning "make clear in the mind" is mid-15c., as is sense of "to remove what clouds." Meaning "to prove innocent" is from late 15c. Meaning "get rid of" is from 1530s.
Meaning "to free from entanglement" is from 1590s; that of "pass without entanglement" is from 1630s. Meaning "to leap clear over" is first attested 1791. Meaning "get approval for" (a proposal, etc.) is from 1944; meaning "establish as suitable for national security work" is from 1948. Related: Cleared; clearing.
To clear (one's) throat is from 1881; earlier clear (one's) voice (1701). To clear out "depart, leave" (1825), perhaps is from the notion of ships satisfying customs, harbor regulations, etc., then setting sail. To clear up is from 1620s, of weather; 1690s as "make clear to the mind." Clear the decks is what is done on a ship before it moves.
"quite, entirely, wholly," c.1300, from clear (adj.).
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