What is the meaning of clean?


  • A weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead.


  • Make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from.
    • usage: "Clean the stove"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"
  • Remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits.
    • usage: "Clean the turkey"
  • Clean and tidy up the house.
    • usage: "She housecleans every week"
  • Clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing.
    • usage: "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"
  • Be cleanable.
    • usage: "This stove cleans easily"
  • Deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc..
    • usage: "The other players cleaned him completely"
  • Remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely.
    • usage: "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm"
  • Remove while making clean.
    • usage: "Clean the spots off the rug"
  • Remove unwanted substances from.
  • Remove shells or husks from.
    • usage: "clean grain before milling it"


  • Free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits.
    • usage: "children with clean shining faces"; "clean white shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house"; "cats are clean animals"
  • Free of restrictions or qualifications.
    • usage: "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner"
  • Of sound or color. ( free from anything that dulls or dims)
    • usage: "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"
  • Free from impurities.
    • usage: "clean water"; "fresh air"
  • Of a record. ( having no marks of discredit or offense)
    • usage: "a clean voting record"; "a clean driver's license"
  • Ritually clean or pure.
  • Not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination.
    • usage: "a clean fuel"; "cleaner and more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean"
  • Of behavior or especially language. ( free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers)
    • usage: "good clean fun"; "a clean joke"
  • Free from sepsis or infection.
    • usage: "a clean (or uninfected) wound"
  • Morally pure.
    • usage: "led a clean life"
  • Of a manuscript. ( having few alterations or corrections)
    • usage: "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript"
  • Of a surface. ( not written or printed on)
    • usage: "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins"
  • Exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play.
    • usage: "a clean fight"; "a sporting solution of the disagreement"; "sportsmanlike conduct"
  • Without difficulties or problems.
    • usage: "a clean test flight"
  • Thorough and without qualification.
    • usage: "a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"
  • Not carrying concealed weapons.
  • Free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed.
    • usage: "he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"; "a clean throw"; "the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife"
  • Free of drugs.
    • usage: "after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"


  • Completely; used as intensifiers.
    • usage: "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out"
  • In conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating.
    • usage: "they played fairly"
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APAWordNet. (2010). clean. Retrieved January 18, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/clean/definitions/1170779
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "clean" http://smartdefine.org/clean/definitions/1170779 (accessed January 18, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, clean, Smart Define, viewed 18 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/clean/definitions/1170779>.
MLAWordNet. "clean" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/clean/definitions/1170779>
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