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(kl, a. [Compar. Cleaner (kl; superl. Cleanest.] [OE. clene, AS. cl; akin to OHG. chleini pure, neat, graceful, small, G. klein small, and perh. to W. glan clean, pure, bright; all perh. from a primitive, meaning bright, shining. Cf. Glair.] 1. Free from dirt or filth; as, clean clothes.
[1913 Webster] 2. Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects; as, clean land; clean timber.
[1913 Webster] 3. Free from awkwardness; not bungling; adroit; dexterous; as, a clean trick; a clean leap over a fence.
[1913 Webster] 4. Free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style.
[1913 Webster] 5. Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire.
[1913 Webster] When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of corners of thy field. Lev. xxiii. 22.
[1913 Webster] 6. Free from moral defilement; sinless; pure.
[1913 Webster] Create in me a clean heart, O God. Ps. li. 10
[1913 Webster] That I am whole, and clean, and meet for Heaven Tennyson.
[1913 Webster] 7. (Script.) Free from ceremonial defilement.
[1913 Webster] 8. Free from that which is corrupting to the morals; pure in tone; healthy. \'bdLothair is clean.\'b8 F. Harrison.
[1913 Webster] 9. Well-proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs.
[1913 Webster] A clean bill of health, a certificate from the proper authority that a ship is free from infection. -- Clean breach. See under Breach, n., 4. -- To make a clean breast. See under Breast.
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adv. 1. Without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly; entirely. \'bdDomestic broils clean overblown.\'b8 Shak. \'bdClean contrary.\'b8 Milton.
[1913 Webster] All the people were passed clean over Jordan. Josh. iii. 17.
[1913 Webster] 2. Without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously. [Obs.] \'bdPope came off clean with Homer.\'b8 Henley.
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(kl, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cleaned (kl; p. pr. & vb. n. Cleaning.] [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.] To render clean; to free from whatever is foul, offensive, or extraneous; to purify; to cleanse.
[1913 Webster] To clean out, to exhaust; to empty; to get away from (one) all his money. [Colloq.] De Quincey.
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