clear-cut

adjective
\ ˈklir-ˈkət How to pronounce clear-cut (audio) \

Definition of clear-cut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : sharply outlined : distinct
2 : free from ambiguity or uncertainty : unambiguous a clear-cut decision

clear-cut

noun
\ ˈklir-ˌkət How to pronounce clear-cut (audio) \

Definition of clear-cut (Entry 2 of 3)

: an area of forest in which all the trees have been cut down But the logging has been concentrated in the high-volume old-growth forest, and clear-cuts are spread over almost every one of the region's watersheds.— Catherine Caufield also : clear-cutting

clear-cut

verb
\ ˈklir-ˌkət How to pronounce clear-cut (audio) \
clear-cut; clear-cutting

Definition of clear-cut (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cut down all the trees in (an area of forest) He says there has been a massive deforestation as the Chinese have clear-cut millions of acres of Tibetan Forests to sell lumber on the export market …— Daniel Goleman … native rain forest experts who harvest plants for traditional healers, make from two to 10 times per hectare the income of a farmer who clear-cuts the forest for planting crops.— Cathy Sears and Robert Neuwirth

First Known Use of clear-cut

Adjective

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1958, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Clear-cut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clear-cut. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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clear-cut

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of clear-cut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: very obvious and sharp : free from doubt or uncertainty : very definite

clear-cut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clear-cut (Entry 2 of 3)

US : an area of land in which all the trees have been cut down

clear-cut

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clear-cut (Entry 3 of 3)

US : to cut down all the trees in (an area)

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