clean


clean
clean ADJECTIVE 1) free from dirt, pollutants, or harmful substances. 2) morally pure: clean living. 3) not obscene. 4) attentive to personal hygiene. 5) showing or having no record of offences or crimes: a clean driving licence. 6) played or done according to the rules: a good clean fight. 7) free from irregularities; smooth: a clean fracture. 8) (of an action) smoothly and skilfully done.
ADVERB 1) so as to be free from dirt. 2) informal completely.
VERB 1) make clean. 2) (clean out) informal use up or take (all someone's money or resources). 3) (clean out) steal the entire contents of (a place). 4) (clean up) informal make a substantial gain or profit.
NOUN chiefly Brit. an act of cleaning.
a clean sheet (or slate) — Cf. ↑a clean slate
come clean — Cf. ↑come clean
keep one's hands clean — Cf. ↑keep one's hands clean
make a clean breast of it — Cf. ↑make a clean breast of it
make a clean sweep — Cf. ↑make a clean sweep
DERIVATIVES cleanable adjective cleanness noun .
ORIGIN Old English.

English terms dictionary. 2015.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • clean — clean …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • clean — [klēn] adj. [ME clene < OE clæne, clean, pure < IE * ĝ(e)lēi < base * ĝel , to gleam > OIr gel, gleaming, white, OHG kleini, gleaming, bright, fine (> Ger klein, small)] 1. a) free from dirt, contamination, impurities, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • Clean — (kl[=e]n), a. [Compar. {Cleaner} (kl[=e]n [ e]r); superl. {Cleanest}.] [OE. clene, AS. cl[=ae]ne; 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clean — may refer to: Music The Clean, an influential first wave punk band Clean (album), an industrial album by Deitiphobia Clean , a song by Depeche Mode from their 1990 album Violator Clean, an amplifier sound in guitar terminology Clean, an Edwin… …   Wikipedia

  • clean — adj Clean, cleanly are often confused. Clean is applied to a person or thing that is actually free from dirt; cleanly to a person or animal whose habit or tendency is to be clean; thus, one who is cleanly, though not always able to keep clean,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • clean — clean; clean·a·bil·i·ty; clean·a·ble; clean·li·ly; clean·li·ness; clean·ness; house·clean; re·clean; un·clean; un·clean·li·ness; bio·clean; un·clean·ly; un·clean·ness; …   English syllables

  • Clean — «Clean» Canción de Depeche Mode Álbum Violator Publicación 19 de marzo de 1990 Grabación …   Wikipedia Español

  • clean — [ klin ] adj. inv. • 1978; mot angl. « propre » ♦ Anglic. fam. 1 ♦ Qui a un air propre, soigné. Une allure, un look clean. Un intérieur clean. 2 ♦ Qui est sain, net moralement. Spécialt Qui ne prend pas de drogue. Être clean (opposé à speedé) . ● …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Clean — Семантика: функциональный Автор(ы) …   Википедия

  • clean-up — (v.), clean up (adj.),or cleanup (n.) (1) An informal phrase used by lenders to describe a provision in loan documents, usually the promissory notes used for lines of credit. The clean up provision requires that the loan balance outstanding under …   Financial and business terms