n) KEY ADJECTIVE: clean·er
- Free from dirt, stain, or impurities; unsoiled.
- Free from foreign matter or pollution; unadulterated: clean air; clean drinking water.
- Not infected: a clean wound.
- Producing relatively little pollution: a clean fuel; a cleaner, more efficient engine.
- Producing relatively little radioactive fallout or contamination: a clean nuclear bomb.
- Having no imperfections or blemishes; regular or even: a clean edge; a smooth, clean joint.
- Not ornate or intricate; spare: "the clean lines and exquisite proportions of early modernism" (Judith Thurman).
- Sharply defined; clear-cut: a clean outline against the sky.
- Free from clumsiness; deft; adroit: a clean throw.
- Devoid of restrictions or encumbrances: a clean bill of health.
- Thorough; complete: a clean getaway.
- Having few alterations or corrections; legible: clean manuscript.
- Blank: a clean page.
- Morally pure; virtuous: led a clean life.
- Having no marks of discredit or offense: a clean voting record.
- Fit for all readers, listeners, or audiences; not ribald or obscene: a clean joke.
- Honest or fair: a clean fighter; a clean competition.
- Not carrying concealed weapons or drugs.
- Innocent of a suspected crime.
- Free from narcotics addiction.
- Showing no evidence of using banned or performance-enhancing substances: proven to be clean before the race.
- So as to be unsoiled: wash the dishes clean.
- In a fair manner: played the game clean.
- In a clean or nonpolluting manner: a fuel that burns clean.
- Informal Entirely; wholly: clean forgot the appointment.
, cleans VERB: tr.
- To rid of dirt, rubbish, or impurities: clean a room; clean a suit.
- To get rid of (impurities or dirt, for example); remove: cleaned up the trash; cleaned off the stains.
- To prepare (fowl or other food) for cooking, as by removing the entrails or fat.
- To remove the contents from; empty: cleaned my plate.
- Sports To lift (a barbell) from the floor to the shoulders in one motion.
PHRASAL VERBS: clean out
- To undergo or perform an act of cleaning.
- To rid of dirt, rubbish, or impurities.
- To empty of contents or occupants.
- Informal To drive or force out: cleaned out the incompetent workers.
- Slang To deprive completely of money or material wealth: The robbery cleaned us out.
IDIOM: clean house Slang
- To make clean or orderly.
- To make oneself clean, neat, or presentable.
- To dispose of; settle: cleaned up the unpaid bills.
- Slang To make a large profit, often in a short period of time: cleaned up during the bull market.
- To eliminate or discard what is undesirable: The scandal forced the company to clean house.
Middle English clene
, from Old English clneOTHER FORMS:cleana·ble(Adjective)
, cleanness(Noun)SYNONYMS: clean, antiseptic, cleanly, immaculate, spotless
These adjectives mean free from dirt: clean clothing; antiseptic surgical instruments; a cleanly pet; an immaculate tablecloth; a spotless kitchen. Antonym: dirty