clearance

noun
clear·​ance | \ ˈklir-ən(t)s How to pronounce clearance (audio) \

Definition of clearance

1 : an act or process of clearing: such as
a : the removal of buildings from an area (such as a city slum)
b : the act of clearing a ship at the customhouse also : the papers showing that a ship has cleared
c : the offsetting of checks and other claims among banks through a clearinghouse
d : certification as clear of objection : authorization security clearance
e : a sale to clear out stock
f : authorization for an aircraft to proceed especially with a specified action clearance to land
2 : the distance by which one object clears another or the clear space between them
3 : the volume of blood or plasma that can be freed of a specified constituent in a specified time by its excretion into the urine through the kidneys a creatine clearance of 25 milliliters per minute

called also renal clearance

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Examples of clearance in a Sentence

She has a security clearance that allows her to see the classified information. The pilot got clearance to land. That flight has not received clearance for landing. There was only 10 inches of clearance between the car and the side of the tunnel. a bridge with a 100-foot clearance above the water the clearance of forests for farming slum clearance to make room for new housing
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Brown Dog Farm has more tulips and anemones at the market this week, while Rob Wells at Hatcher Pass Dahlias has dahlia starts at clearance prices, along with tumbler tomato baskets, nasturtium baskets and zucchini starts. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Give rhubarb, get Wild Scoops ice cream. Also, where to get the season’s first strawberries.," 13 June 2019 Aston Villa have officially announced the signing of Wesley Moraes from Club Brugge, subject to a work permit and international clearance. SI.com, "Aston Villa Officially Confirm Signing of Club Brugge's Wesley Moraes for Club Record Fee," 13 June 2019 Toronto bars have already been given clearance to stay open until 4 a.m. if the Raptors clinch their first NBA championship tonight. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "On the brink: is Game 5 the biggest game in Warriors history?," 10 June 2019 The Legislature approved a bill that preempted parts of Newsom’s initiative to create a less complicated screening process that would provide immediate clearance for each purchase for those buying ammo, doing away with the four-year permit. Patrick Mcgreevy, latimes.com, "Gun owners stockpile ammo before new California background check law begins," 9 June 2019 The bus was driving through Rashidiya around 6:00 p.m. crashed into a low-clearance sign which hung over a car-only off-ramp on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, a major highway in Dubai, smashing through the driver's side of the bus. Fox News, "Fatal bus crash in Dubai leaves 17 dead, several more injured: police," 8 June 2019 But off-roaders don’t like it because ground clearance constantly changes as the vehicle moves. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The New Defender Will Not Be Like the Old One," 7 June 2019 Farrell and Mala combined for 10 clearances in the game. Jenna Ortiz, azcentral, "Phoenix Rising FC continue hot streak with blowout of Tulsa Roughnecks FC," 7 June 2019 Booming shrimp aquaculture, however, ironically requires further mangrove clearance to create space—as seen graphically in Sri Lanka. Adam Moolna, Quartz India, "How mangroves could protect us from storms like Cyclone Fani," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of clearance

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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clearance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clearance

: an official decision saying that someone has permission to do something
: official permission for an aircraft, pilot, etc., to do something
: the amount of space between two things

clearance

noun
clear·​ance | \ ˈklir-əns How to pronounce clearance (audio) \

Kids Definition of clearance

1 : the act or process of removing something
2 : the distance by which one object avoids hitting or touching another
3 : official permission The plane has clearance to land.

clearance

noun
clear·​ance | \ ˈklir-ən(t)s How to pronounce clearance (audio) \

Medical Definition of clearance

: the volume of blood or plasma that could be freed of a specified constituent in a specified time (usually one minute) by excretion of the constituent into the urine through the kidneys

called also renal clearance

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