I. adjective Etymology: Middle English clere, from Anglo-French cler, from Latin clarus clear, bright; akin to Latin calare to call — more at low Date: 13th century 1. a. bright, luminous b. cloudless; specifically less than one-tenth covered <
a clear sky
c. free from mist, haze, or dust <
a clear day
d. untroubled, serene <
a clear gaze
2. clean, pure: as a. free from blemishes <
clear skin
b. easily seen through ; transparent <
clear glass
c. free from abnormal sounds on auscultation 3. a. easily heard <
a loud and clear sound
b. easily visible ; plain <
a clear signal
c. free from obscurity or ambiguity ; easily understood ; unmistakable <
a clear explanation
4. a. capable of sharp discernment ; keen <
a clear thinker
b. free from doubt ; sure <
not clear on how to proceed
5. free from guile or guilt ; innocent <
a clear conscience
6. unhampered by restriction or limitation: as a. unencumbered by debts or charges <
a clear estate
b. net <
a clear profit
c. unqualified, absolute <
a clear victory
d. free from obstruction <
clear passage
e. emptied of contents or cargo f. free from entanglement or contact <
staying clear of controversy
keep clear of the boundary
g. bare, denuded <
clear ground
clearness noun Synonyms: clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness <
clear water
. transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly <
a transparent sheet of film
. translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond <
translucent frosted glass
. limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water <
her eyes were limpid pools of blue
. Synonyms: clear, perspicuous, lucid mean quickly and easily understood. clear implies freedom from obscurity, ambiguity, or undue complexity <
clear instructions
. perspicuous applies to a style that is simple and elegant as well as clear <
a perspicuous style
. lucid suggests a clear logical coherence and evident order of arrangement <
a lucid explanation
. Synonym: see in addition evident. II. adverb Date: 14th century 1. in a clear manner <
to cry loud and clear
2. all the way <
drove clear across the state
III. transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. a. to make clear or translucent b. to free from pollution or cloudiness 2. to free from accusation or blame ; exonerate, vindicate <
the opportunity to clear himself
3. a. to give insight to ; enlighten b. to make intelligible ; explain <
clear up the mystery
4. a. to free from what obstructs or is unneeded: as (1) open 1b <
clear a path
(2) to remove unwanted growth or items from <
clear the land of timber
(3) to rid or make a rasping noise as if ridding (the throat) of phlegm (4) to erase stored or displayed data from (as a computer or calculator) b. to empty of occupants <
clear the room
c. disentangle <
clear a fishing line
d. to remove from an area or place <
clear the dishes from the table
e. transmit, dispatch 5. a. to submit for approval <
clear it with me first
b. authorize, approve <
cleared the article for publication
: as (1) to certify as trustworthy <
clear a person for classified information
(2) to permit (an aircraft) to proceed usually with a specified action <
the plane was cleared to land
6. a. to free from obligation or encumbrance b. settle, discharge <
clear an account
c. (1) to free (a ship or shipment) by payment of duties or harbor fees (2) to pass through (customs) d. to gain without deduction ; net <
clear a profit
e. to put through a clearinghouse 7. a. to go over, under, or by without touching <
the ball just cleared the uprights
b. to move through successfully ; pass <
the bill cleared the legislature
intransitive verb 1. a. to become clear <
it cleared up quickly after the rain
b. to go away ; vanish <
the symptoms cleared gradually
c. sell 2. a. to obtain permission to discharge cargo b. to conform to regulations or pay requisite fees prior to leaving port 3. to pass through a clearinghouse 4. to go to an authority (as for approval) before becoming effective • clearable adjectiveclearer noun IV. noun Date: 1674 1. a clear space or part 2. a high arcing shot over an opponent's head in badminton

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