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cleaning Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of making something clean
    cleanup; cleansing.
    • he gave his shoes a good cleaning
  2. verb make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
    make clean; clean.
    • Clean the stove!
    • The dentist cleaned my teeth
  3. verb remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
    clean; pick.
    • Clean the turkey
  4. verb clean and tidy up the house
    houseclean; clean; clean house.
    • She housecleans every week
  5. verb clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
    cleanse; clean.
    • clean up before you see your grandparents
    • clean your fingernails before dinner
  6. verb be cleanable
    • This stove cleans easily
  7. verb deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
    • The other players cleaned him completely
  8. verb remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely
    clean; strip.
    • The boys cleaned the sandwich platters
    • The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm
  9. verb remove while making clean
    • Clean the spots off the rug
  10. verb remove unwanted substances from
    clean; scavenge.
  11. verb remove shells or husks from
    • clean grain before milling it

Clean"ing noun
  1. The act of making clean.
  2. The afterbirth of cows, ewes, etc. Gardner.

Webster 1913