Meaning of CLEAN in English



Pronunciation: ' kl ē n

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English clene, from Old English cl ǣ ne; akin to Old High German kleini delicate, dainty

Date: before 12th century

1 a : free from dirt or pollution <changed to clean clothes> < clean solar energy> b : free from contamination or disease <a clean wound> c : free or relatively free from radioactivity <a clean atomic explosion>

2 a : UNADULTERATED , PURE <the clean thrill of one's first flight> b of a precious stone : having no interior flaws visible c : free from growth that hinders tillage < clean farmland>

3 a : free from moral corruption or sinister connections of any kind <a candidate with a clean record> also : free from violations <a clean driving record> b : free from offensive treatment of sexual subjects and from the use of obscenity <a clean joke> c : observing the rules : FAIR <a clean fight>

4 : ceremonially or spiritually pure <and all who are clean may eat flesh ― Lev 7:19(RSV)>

5 a : THOROUGH , COMPLETE <a clean break with the past> b : deftly executed : SKILLFUL < clean ballet technique> c : hit beyond the reach of an opponent <a clean single to center>

6 a : relatively free from error or blemish : CLEAR specifically : LEGIBLE < clean copy> b : UNENCUMBERED < clean bill of sale>

7 a : characterized by clarity and precision : TRIM <a clean prose style> <architecture with clean almost austere lines> b : EVEN , SMOOTH <a clean edge> <a sharp blow causing a clean break> c : free from impedances to smooth flow (as of water or air) <a clean airplane> <a ship with a clean bottom>

8 a : EMPTY <the ship returned with a clean hold> b : free from drug addiction <has been clean for six months> c slang : having no contraband (as weapons or drugs) in one's possession

9 : habitually neat

– clean · ness \ ' kl ē n-n ə s \ noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.