What does Clean mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clean and jerk, cleanadjective

    a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead

  2. cleanadjective

    free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits

    "children with clean shining faces"; "clean white shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house"; "cats are clean animals"

  3. clean, clearadjective

    free of restrictions or qualifications

    "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner"

  4. clean, clear, light, uncloudedadjective

    (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"; "clear reds and blues"; "a light lilting voice like a silver bell"

  5. clean, freshadjective

    free from impurities

    "clean water"; "fresh air"

  6. cleanadjective

    (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense

    "a clean voting record"; "a clean driver's license"

  7. cleanadjective

    ritually clean or pure

  8. clean, uncontaminatingadjective

    not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination

    "a clean fuel"; "cleaner and more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean"

  9. clean, unobjectionableadjective

    (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers

    "good clean fun"; "a clean joke"

  10. uninfected, cleanadjective

    free from sepsis or infection

    "a clean (or uninfected) wound"

  11. clean, clean-livingadjective

    morally pure

    "led a clean life"

  12. clean, fairadjective

    (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections

    "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript"

  13. blank, clean, whiteadjective

    (of a surface) not written or printed on

    "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins"

  14. clean, sporting, sporty, sportsmanlikeadjective

    exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play

    "a clean fight"; "a sporting solution of the disagreement"; "sportsmanlike conduct"

  15. cleanadjective

    without difficulties or problems

    "a clean test flight"

  16. cleanadjective

    thorough and without qualification

    "a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"

  17. cleanadjective

    not carrying concealed weapons

  18. clean, neatadjective

    free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed

    "he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"; "a clean throw"; "the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife"

  19. cleanverb

    free of drugs

    "after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"

  20. clean, make cleanverb

    make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from

    "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"

  21. clean, pickverb

    remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits

    "Clean the turkey"

  22. houseclean, clean house, cleanverb

    clean and tidy up the house

    "She housecleans every week"

  23. cleanse, cleanverb

    clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing

    "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"

  24. cleanverb

    be cleanable

    "This stove cleans easily"

  25. cleanverb

    deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.

    "The other players cleaned him completely"

  26. clean, stripverb

    remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely

    "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm"

  27. cleanverb

    remove while making clean

    "Clean the spots off the rug"

  28. scavenge, cleanverb

    remove unwanted substances from

  29. cleanadverb

    remove shells or husks from

    "clean grain before milling it"

  30. clean, plumb, plumadverb

    completely; used as intensifiers

    "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out"

  31. fairly, fair, cleanadverb

    in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating

    "they played fairly"


  1. cleannoun

    The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders.

  2. cleanverb

    To remove dirt from a place or object.

    Can you clean the windows today?

  3. cleanverb

    To tidy up, make a place neat.

    Clean your room right now!

  4. cleanverb

    To remove equipment from a climbing route after it was previously lead climbed.

  5. cleanverb

    To make things clean in general.

    She just likes to clean. That's why I married her.

  6. cleanverb

    To brush the ice lightly in front of a moving rock to remove any debris and ensure a correct line; less vigorous than a sweep.

  7. cleanadverb

    Fully and completely.

    He was stabbed clean through.

  8. cleanadjective

    Not dirty.

  9. cleanadjective

    In an unmarked condition.

    Put a clean sheet of paper into the printer.

  10. cleanadjective

    Pure, especially morally or religiously.

    Our kids can watch this movie because it is clean.

  11. cleanadjective

    Not having used drugs or alcohol.

    I've been clean this time for eight months.

  12. cleanadjective

    Smooth, exact, and performed well.

    I'll need a sharper knife to make clean cuts.

  13. cleanadjective

    without restrictions or penalties, or someone having such a record.

    Unlike you, I've never caused any accidents my record is still clean!

  14. cleanadjective

    Cool or neat.

    Damn, Shorty, those are some clean shoes ya got there!

  15. cleanadjective

    Allowing an uninterrupted flow over surfaces, without protrusions such as racks or landing gear.

  16. cleanadjective

    Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

    I want to make sure my fiancu00E9 is clean before we are married.

  17. cleanadjective

    Not in possession of weapons or contraband such as drugs.

    I'm clean, officer. You can go ahead and search me if you want.

  18. cleanadjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CLEANadjective

    Etymology: glan, Welsh; clæne, Saxon.

    Both his hands, most filthy feculent,
    Above the water were on high extent,
    And fain’d to wash themselves incessantly;
    Yet nothing cleaner were for such intent,
    But rather fouler. Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant.
    7. stan. 61.

    They make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Mat. xxiii. 25.

    The timber and wood are in some trees more clean, in some more knotty. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Yet thy waist is strait and clean,
    As Cupid’s shaft, or Hermes’ rod. Edmund Waller.

    If the plague be somewhat dark, and spread not in the skin, the priest shall pronounce him clean. Levit. xiii. 6.

  2. Cleanadverb

    Quite; perfectly; fully; completely. This sense is now little used.

    Their actions have been clean contrary unto those before mentioned. Richard Hooker, b. i. sect. 4.

    Being seated, and domestick broils
    Clean overblown. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    A philosopher, pressed with the same objection, shapes an answer clean contrary. George Hakewill, on Providence.

  3. To Cleanverb

    To free from dirt or filth.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Their tribes adjusted, clean’d their vig’rous wings,
    And many a circle, many a short essay,
    Wheel’d round and round. James Thomson, Autumn, l. 865.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clean

    free from dirt or filth; as, clean clothes

  2. Clean

    free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects; as, clean land; clean timber

  3. Clean

    free from awkwardness; not bungling; adroit; dexterous; as, aclean trick; a clean leap over a fence

  4. Clean

    free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style

  5. Clean

    free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire

  6. Clean

    free from moral defilement; sinless; pure

  7. Clean

    free from ceremonial defilement

  8. Clean

    free from that which is corrupting to the morals; pure in tone; healthy

  9. Clean

    well-proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs

  10. Cleanadverb

    without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly; entirely

  11. Cleanadverb

    without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously

  12. Cleanadjective

    to render clean; to free from whatever is foul, offensive, or extraneous; to purify; to cleanse

  13. Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]


  1. Clean

    Clean is a 2004 film directed by French director Olivier Assayas, starring Nick Nolte and Maggie Cheung. It was jointly funded by Canada, France, and United Kingdom sources.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clean

    klē′n, adj. free from dirt, stain, or whatever defiles: pure: guiltless: neat: complete.—adv. quite: entirely: cleverly.—v.t. to make clean, or free from dirt.—ns. Clean′or, that which cleans; Clean′ing, the act of making clean.—adj. Clean′-limbed, having well-proportioned limbs: smart.—n. Clean′liness.—adj. Clean′ly, clean in habits or person: pure: neat.—adv. in a cleanly manner.—n. Clean′ness.—adj. Clean′-tim′bered (Shak.), well-proportioned.—Clean bill of health (see Bill of health).—Have clean hands, to be free from the guilt of wrong-doing.—Make a clean breast of, to own up frankly, to confess fully; Show a clean pair of heels, to escape by running.—The clean thing, the right thing to do. [A.S. clǽne; W., Gael. glan, shine, polish; Ger. klein, small.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. clean

    1. adj. Used of hardware or software designs, implies ‘elegance in the small’, that is, a design or implementation that may not hold any surprises but does things in a way that is reasonably intuitive and relatively easy to comprehend from the outside. The antonym is ‘grungy’ or crufty. 2. v. To remove unneeded or undesired files in a effort to reduce clutter: “I'm cleaning up my account.” “I cleaned up the garbage and now have 100 Meg free on that partition.”

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. clean

    Free from danger, as clean coast, clean harbour; in general parlance means quite, entirely. So Shakspeare represents Ægeon "Roaming clean through the bounds of Asia." Also, applied to a ship's hull with a fine run fore and aft.--Clean entrance, clean run.--To clean a ship's bottom. (See BREAMING and HOG.)

Editors Contribution

  1. clean

    To apply or use a device, liquid, product or tool to maintain.

    The are a wide variety of devices, liquids, products, tools and substances used to clean, maintain or keep things neat and tidy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 6, 2016  

  2. clean

    To wash, rinse, hoover, brush or tidy.

    She loved to clean the house with her fiance and knew they both could do it easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Clean' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2257

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Clean' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1482

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Clean' in Verbs Frequency: #483

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Clean' in Adjectives Frequency: #265

Anagrams for Clean »

  1. ancle

  2. clane

  3. Lance

  4. lance

  5. lenca

  6. canel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Clean in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Clean in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Clean in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Donnelly:

    On top of an endangered buckwheat isn't the right place, biodiversity is what gives us clean air to breath and clean water to drink and it's what puts food on our plates.

  2. Reid Priddy:

    To have a blanket ban seems so harsh. I have lots of friends who play on the Russian national team I know who are clean.

  3. Sam DeNicola:

    There was water damage, but luckily our floors are concrete and easy to clean and sanitize. We keep our equipment 6 inches off the ground and the water was two to four inches high.

  4. Elizabeth Hagen:

    And 128,000 of them end up in the hospital, 30,000 of them will die from food borne illness each year in the United States. That's why this is worth talking about, raising awareness, and giving people the information they need to reduce the risk. Elizabeth Hagen listed three steps to keeping food safe : - Clean your hands, utensils and food surfaces before and after you cook - Separate raw meat and poultry from foods that wo n’t be cooked - Use a meat thermometer to cook to the proper temperature When you're eating outside the rule is two hours.

  5. Clara Pitts:

    I would like her to have medication as an option and for it to be reliable, because college will probably be the hardest journey for her with ADHD. you go around with dirty glasses. You get used to it, and you don’t realize that they’re dirty. But when you clean them off, having that extra bit of clarity makes a world of difference.

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