[ US /ˈkɫin/ ]
[ UK /klˈiːn/ ]
VERB
  1. remove shells or husks from
    clean grain before milling it
  2. be cleanable
    This stove cleans easily
  3. remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
    Clean the turkey
  4. clean and tidy up the house
    She housecleans every week
  5. remove unwanted substances from
  6. remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely
    The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm
    The boys cleaned the sandwich platters
  7. deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
    The other players cleaned him completely
  8. clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
    clean up before you see your grandparents
    clean your fingernails before dinner
  9. make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
    The dentist cleaned my teeth
    Clean the stove!
  10. remove while making clean
    Clean the spots off the rug
ADJECTIVE
  1. free of restrictions or qualifications
    a clean bill of health
    a clear winner
  2. (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections
    fair copy
    a clean manuscript
  3. (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense
    a clean driver's license
    a clean voting record
  4. without difficulties or problems
    a clean test flight
  5. not carrying concealed weapons
  6. (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers
    a clean joke
    good clean fun
  7. thorough and without qualification
    a clean getaway
    a clean break
    a clean sweep
  8. exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play
    sportsmanlike conduct
    a clean fight
    a sporting solution of the disagreement
  9. ritually clean or pure
  10. (of a surface) not written or printed on
    wide white margins
    blank pages
    fill in the blank spaces
    a clean page
  11. free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits
    clean white shirts
    children with clean shining faces
    cats are clean animals
    a spotlessly clean house
    clean dishes
  12. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
    efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings
    clear laughter like a waterfall
    a light lilting voice like a silver bell
    clear reds and blues
  13. morally pure
    led a clean life
  14. free from impurities
    fresh air
    clean water
  15. free of drugs
    after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years
  16. free from sepsis or infection
    a clean (or uninfected) wound
  17. not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination
    cleaner and more efficient engines
    the tactical bomb is reasonably clean
    a clean fuel
  18. free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed
    he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek
    the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife
    a clean throw
ADVERB
  1. in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating
    they played fairly
  2. completely; used as intensifiers
    I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out
    clean forgot the appointment
NOUN
  1. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
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How To Use clean In A Sentence

  • He was clean-shaven, in his early 30s and wearing a dark blue t-shirt.
  • I can find no legitimate references to the use of metallic, inorganic, or organic silver compounds as a sanitizer, disinfectant, or sterilizing agent. quaternary ammonium chloride compounds - Mixtures of compounds such as alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, dioctyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, and octyl decyl dimethyl ammonium chloride are very commonly used as surface sanitizer; if you look at your household cleaners that claim disinfecting properties, there's a high percentage chance that you'll find a "quat". Question ;Microdyne
  • · The tailstock quill is brought into working position (Fig. 14) whereby special attention must be given to quill cleanliness. 3. Preparations for thread cutting by dies and taps
  • Lead commentators, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean broadcast from a remote area. Mike Plume: “8:30 Newfoundland” « Mudpuddle
  • He handled it really well for a man who doesn't have children, is not used to having to think about money and employs a cleaner.
  • I have also used * toothpaste* to clean the screen; if you work at it, the toothpaste abrasives will get rid of hairline scratches on the screen surface. CIS Threads #1: Interesting Threads from the TRS Model 100 Forum Messages by Phil Wheeler
  • She damped her cloth before cleaning the windows.
  • The narrator is somewhat sardonic about his guests and is perhaps influenced by the three whiskies he's had and the cleanskin he's finishing up with.
  • He did miss the second part where you then point at the mess and the recipient is unclean. Think Progress » Bush wipes his hand on Clinton’s shirt after shaking hands with Haitian residents.
  • Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. Maya Angelou 
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