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Clear
Clear Clear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cleared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Clearing}.] 1. To render bright, transparent, or undimmed; to free from clouds. [1913 Webster]

He sweeps the skies and clears the cloudy north. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To free from impurities; to clarify; to cleanse. [1913 Webster]

3. To free from obscurity or ambiguity; to relive of perplexity; to make perspicuous. [1913 Webster]

Many knotty points there are Which all discuss, but few can clear. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

4. To render more quick or acute, as the understanding; to make perspicacious. [1913 Webster]

Our common prints would clear up their understandings. --Addison [1913 Webster]

5. To free from impediment or incumbrance, from defilement, or from anything injurious, useless, or offensive; as, to clear land of trees or brushwood, or from stones; to clear the sight or the voice; to clear one's self from debt; -- often used with of, off, away, or out. [1913 Webster]

Clear your mind of cant. --Dr. Johnson. [1913 Webster]

A statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

6. To free from the imputation of guilt; to justify, vindicate, or acquit; -- often used with from before the thing imputed. [1913 Webster]

I . . . am sure he will clear me from partiality. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

How! wouldst thou clear rebellion? --Addison. [1913 Webster]

7. To leap or pass by, or over, without touching or failure; as, to clear a hedge; to clear a reef. [1913 Webster]

8. To gain without deduction; to net. [1913 Webster]

The profit which she cleared on the cargo. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{To clear a ship at the customhouse}, to exhibit the documents required by law, give bonds, or perform other acts requisite, and procure a permission to sail, and such papers as the law requires.

{To clear a ship for action}, or {To clear for action} (Naut.), to remove incumbrances from the decks, and prepare for an engagement.

{To clear the land} (Naut.), to gain such a distance from shore as to have sea room, and be out of danger from the land.

{To clear hawse} (Naut.), to disentangle the cables when twisted.

{To clear up}, to explain; to dispel, as doubts, cares or fears. [1913 Webster]


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  • clear — [klir] adj. [ME cler < OFr < L clarus, orig., clear sounding, hence clear, bright: for IE base see CLAMOR] 1. free from clouds or mist; bright; light [a clear day] 2. free from cloudiness, muddiness, etc.; transparent or pure; not turbid [a …   English World dictionary

  • Clear — (kl[=e]r), a. [Compar. {Clearer} ( [ e]r); superl. {Clearest}.] [OE. cler, cleer, OF. cler, F. clair, fr.L. clarus, clear, bright, loud, distinct, renowned; perh. akin to L. clamare to call, E. claim. Cf. {Chanticleer}, {Clairvoyant}, {Claret},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clear — may refer to: Contents 1 Music 2 Business 3 Technology 4 …   Wikipedia

  • clear — adj 1: unencumbered by outstanding claims or interests a search showed the title was clear 2: free from doubt or ambiguity Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • clear — adj 1 Clear, transparent, translucent, lucid, pellucid, diaphanous, limpid are comparable when they mean having the property of being literally or figuratively seen through. Something is clear which is free from all such impediments to the vision …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • clear — ► ADJECTIVE 1) easy to perceive or understand. 2) leaving or feeling no doubt. 3) transparent; unclouded. 4) free of obstructions or unwanted objects. 5) (of a period of time) free of commitments. 6) free from disease, contamination, or guilt. 7) …   English terms dictionary

  • clear — [adj1] cloudless, bright clarion, crystal, fair, fine, halcyon, light, luminous, pleasant, rainless, shining, shiny, sunny, sunshiny, unclouded, undarkened, undimmed; concepts 525,617,627 Ant. cloudy, dark, dim, dull, fuzzy, gloomy, shadowy,… …   New thesaurus

  • clear — clear; clear·age; clear·ance; clear·ly; clear·ness; clear·starch; un·clear; clear·cole; clear·er; clear·head·ed·ly; un·clear·ly; un·clear·ness; …   English syllables

  • clear — clear, clearly The grammatical situation is similar to that in the preceding entry, with clear available as an adverb in two principal meanings, (1) ‘completely’ (They got clear away), (2) ‘in a clear manner, with clear effect’ (They spoke out… …   Modern English usage

  • clear up — {v.} 1. To make plain or clear; explain; solve. * /The teacher cleared up the harder parts of the story./ * /Maybe we can clear up your problem./ 2. To become clear. * /The weather cleared up after the storm./ 3. To cure. * /The pills cleared up… …   Dictionary of American idioms