Noun: cleaning klee-ning
Verb: clean kleen
- The act of making something clean
"he gave his shoes a good cleaning";
- cleansing, cleanup
- 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"
Derived forms: cleanings
Type of: alter, be, change, clean up, declutter, deprive, divest, groom, improvement, modify, neaten, remove, square away [N. Amer], straighten, straighten out, strip, take, take away, tidy, tidy up, withdraw
Encyclopedia: Cleaning Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate