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From Middle English clene, clane, from Old English cl?ne (“clean, pure”), from Proto-Germanic *klainiz (“shining, fine, splendid, tender”), from Proto-Indo-European *gl?y- (“gleaming”), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (“to gleam”). Cognate with Scots clean (“absolute, pure, clear, empty”) and clene, clane (“clean”), North Frisian klien (“small”), Low German kleen (“small”), Dutch klein (“small”), German klein (“small”), Swedish klen (“weak, feeble, delicate”), Icelandic klénn (“poor, feeble, petty, snug, puny, cheesy, lame”).
- (heading, physical) Free of dirt or impurities or protruberances.
- (heading, behavioural) Free of immorality or criminality.
- smooth, exact, and performed well
- (obsolete) Total; utter. (still in "clean sweep")
- (informal) Cool or neat.
- (health) Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
- That does not damage the environment.
- Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects.
- Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire.
- Well-proportioned; shapely.
- (climbing, of a route) Ascended without falling.
clean (plural cleans)
- Removal of dirt.
- (weightlifting) The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders.
- (transitive) To remove dirt from a place or object.
- (transitive) To tidy up, make a place neat.
- (transitive, climbing) To remove equipment from a climbing route after it was previously lead climbed.
- (intransitive) To make things clean in general.
- (transitive, computing) To remove unnecessary files, etc. from (a directory, etc.).
- (intransitive, curling) To brush the ice lightly in front of a moving rock to remove any debris and ensure a correct line; less vigorous than a sweep.
- (manga fandom slang) To purge a raw of any blemishes caused by the scanning process such as brown tinting and poor color contrast.
- To remove guts and/or scales of a butchered animal.
- Fully and completely.