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Noun: cleaning  klee-ning
  1. The act of making something clean
    "he gave his shoes a good cleaning";
    - cleansing, cleanup, clean
Verb: clean  kleen
  1. Make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
    "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth";
    - make clean
  2. Remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
    "Clean the turkey";
    - pick
  3. Clean and tidy up the house
    "She cleans house every week";
    - houseclean, clean house [N. Amer]
  4. Clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
    "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner";
    - cleanse
  5. Be cleanable
    "This stove cleans easily"
  6. Deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
    "The other players cleaned him completely"
  7. Remove all contents or possessions from, or empty completely
    "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm";
    - strip
  8. Remove while making clean
    "Clean the spots off the rug"
  9. (chemistry) remove impurities from, esp. by a chemical reaction
    - scavenge
  10. 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

Antonym: soil

Encyclopedia: Cleaning

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