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Definition clean

Etymology

From Middle English clene, clane, from Old English clǣne (“clean, pure”), from Proto-Germanic *klainiz (“shining, fine, splendid, tender”), from Proto-Indo-European *glēy- (“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”).

Adjective

clean (comparative cleaner, superlative cleanest)

  1. (heading, physical) Free of dirt or impurities or protruberances.
    1. Not dirty.
    2. In an unmarked condition.
    3. (aerodynamics) Allowing an uninterrupted flow over surfaces, without protrusions such as racks or landing gear.
    4. empty
    5. (of metal) Having relatively few impurities.
  2. (heading, behavioural) Free of immorality or criminality.
    1. Pure, especially morally or religiously.
    2. Not having used drugs or alcohol.
    3. (of criminal, driving, etc. records) Without restrictions or penalties, or someone having such a record.
    4. (informal) Not in possession of weapons or contraband such as drugs.
    5. (informal) Devoid of profanity.
  3. smooth, exact, and performed well
  4. (obsolete) Total; utter. (still in "clean sweep")
  5. (informal) Cool or neat.
  6. (health) Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  7. That does not damage the environment.
  8. Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects.
  9. Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire.
  10. Well-proportioned; shapely.
  11. (climbing, of a route) Ascended without falling.

Noun

clean (plural cleans)

  1. Removal of dirt.
  2. (weightlifting) The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders.

Verb

clean (third-person singular simple present cleans, present participle cleaning, simple past and past participle cleaned)

  1. (transitive) To remove dirt from a place or object.
  2. (transitive) To tidy up, make a place neat.
  3. (transitive, climbing) To remove equipment from a climbing route after it was previously lead climbed.
  4. (intransitive) To make things clean in general.
  5. (transitive, computing) To remove unnecessary files, etc. from (a directory, etc.).
  6. (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.
  7. (manga fandom slang) To purge a raw of any blemishes caused by the scanning process such as brown tinting and poor color contrast.
  8. To remove guts and/or scales of a butchered animal.

Adverb

clean (comparative cleaner, superlative cleanest)

  1. Fully and completely.

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