Adjective: clean (cleaner,cleanest) kleen
Verb: clean kleen
- 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"
- Free from restrictions or qualifications
"a clean bill of health";
- (of sound or colour) free from anything that dulls or dims
"efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings";
- clear, light, unclouded
- Free from impurities
- (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offence
"a clean voting record"; "a clean driver's licence"
- (religion) ritually clean or pure
- Not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination
"a clean fuel"; "cleaner and more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean";
- (of behaviour or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers
"a clean joke"; "good clean fun";
- Free from sepsis or infection
"a clean wound";
- Morally pure
"led a clean life";
- (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections
"a clean manuscript";
- (of a surface) not written or printed on
"a clean page";
- blank, white
- Exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play
"a clean fight";
- sporting, sporty, sportsmanlike
- Without difficulties or problems
"a clean test flight"
- Thorough and without qualification
"a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"
- Not carrying concealed weapons
- Free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed
"he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"; "a clean throw";
- Free of drugs
"after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"
Noun: clean kleen
- Make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
"Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth";
- make clean
- Remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
"Clean the turkey";
- Clean and tidy up the house
"She cleans house every week";
- houseclean, clean house
- Clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
"clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner";
- Be cleanable
"This stove cleans easily"
- Deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
"The other players cleaned him completely"
- Remove all contents or possessions from, or empty completely
"The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm";
- Remove while making clean
"Clean the spots off the rug"
- (chemistry) remove impurities from, esp. by a chemical reaction
- Remove shells or husks from
"clean grain before milling it"
Adverb: clean kleen
- A weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
- clean and jerk
- Completely; used as an intensifier
"clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm clean tuckered out";
- plumb, plum
- In conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating
"they played clean";
- fairly, fair
Derived forms: cleaner, cleans, cleaning, cleaned, cleanest
See also: adroit, antiseptic, cleanable, cleanly [archaic], cleanness, complete, decent, dry-cleaned, easy, empty, fair, fresh, halal, immaculate, intemerate, just, kosher, legible, moral, perfect, pristine, pure, scrubbed, speckless, spic, spic-and-span, spick, spick-and-span, spotless, tidy, unaddicted, unarmed, unqualified, unsoiled, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, unused, washed, water-washed
Type of: alter, be, change, clean up, declutter, deprive, divest, groom, modify, neaten, remove, square away [N. Amer], straighten, straighten out, strip, take, take away, tidy, tidy up, weightlift, weightlifting, withdraw
Antonym: dirty, unclean
Encyclopedia: Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate