noun a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
clean and jerk.
verb make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
- Clean the stove!
- The dentist cleaned my teeth
verb remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
verb clean and tidy up the house
houseclean; clean house.
- She housecleans every week
verb clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
- clean up before you see your grandparents
- clean your fingernails before dinner
verb be cleanable
verb deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
- The other players cleaned him completely
verb remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely
- The boys cleaned the sandwich platters
- The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm
verb remove while making clean
- Clean the spots off the rug
verb remove unwanted substances from
verb remove shells or husks from
- clean grain before milling it
adjective free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits
- children with clean shining faces
- clean white shirts
- clean dishes
- a spotlessly clean house
- cats are clean animals
adjective satellite free of restrictions or qualifications
- a clean bill of health
- a clear winner
adjective satellite (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
light; clear; unclouded.
- efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings
- clear laughter like a waterfall
- clear reds and blues
- a light lilting voice like a silver bell
adjective satellite free from impurities
adjective satellite (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense
- a clean voting record
- a clean driver's license
adjective ritually clean or pure
adjective not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination
- a clean fuel
- cleaner and more efficient engines
- the tactical bomb is reasonably clean
adjective (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers
- good clean fun
- a clean joke
adjective satellite free from sepsis or infection
- a clean (or uninfected) wound
adjective satellite morally pure
adjective satellite (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections
- fair copy
- a clean manuscript
adjective satellite (of a surface) not written or printed on
- blank pages
- fill in the blank spaces
- a clean page
- wide white margins
adjective satellite exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play
sporting; sporty; sportsmanlike.
- a clean fight
- a sporting solution of the disagreement
- sportsmanlike conduct
adjective satellite without difficulties or problems
adjective satellite thorough and without qualification
- a clean getaway
- a clean sweep
- a clean break
adjective satellite not carrying concealed weapons
adjective satellite free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed
- he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek
- a clean throw
- the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife
adjective satellite free of drugs
- after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years
adverb completely; used as intensifiers
- clean forgot the appointment
- I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out
adverb in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating
, AS. clne
; akin to OHG. chleini
pure, neat, graceful, small, G. klein
small, and perh. to W. glan
clean, pure, bright; all perh. from a primitive, meaning bright
. Cf. Glair
comparative Cleaner ; superlative Cleanest
- Free from dirt or filth; as, clean clothes.
- Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects; as, clean land; clean timber.
- Free from awkwardness; not bungling; adroit; dexterous; as, aclean trick; a clean leap over a fence.
- Free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style.
- Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire.
When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of corners of thy field.
- Free from moral defilement; sinless; pure.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Ps. li. 10
That I am whole, and clean, and meet for Heaven
- (Script.) Free from ceremonial defilement.
- Free from that which is corrupting to the morals; pure in tone; healthy. "Lothair is clean."
- Well-proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs.
- Without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly; entirely. "Domestic broils clean overblown."
All the people were passed clean over Jordan.
Josh. iii. 17.
- Without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously. Obs. "Pope came off clean with Homer."
Clean transitive verb
, and cf. Cleanse
imperfect & past participle Cleaned ; present participle & verbal noun Cleaning
- To render clean; to free from whatever is foul, offensive, or extraneous; to purify; to cleanse.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."
-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.
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