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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In most institutions, psychiatry notes are protected and require an additional level of clearance to even be seen by other providers. SELF, "9 Awkward Questions You Probably Want to Ask Your New Therapist," 31 Oct. 2018 In 2013, every crime in the small village had been solved except for four burglaries that prevented Atesiano from having a miraculously unheard-of 100 percent crime-clearance rate. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Police Framed 16-Year-Old for Burglaries to Boost Crime Stats: Prosecutors," 12 June 2018 House-to-house searching for the Taliban and clearance operation is underway. Taimoor Shah, New York Times, "Taliban Overrun Afghan City, Kill 30 People and Leave," 16 May 2018 Dealing with customs clearances, insurance, transfers between sea and road and rail and all the other physical, procedural and bureaucratic hold-ups that freight is heir to requires the services of a freight forwarder. The Economist, "The global logistics business is going to be transformed by digitisation," 26 Apr. 2018 Kushner has held an interim security clearance for more than a year, his attorney, Abbe Lowell, told The Associated Press last week. Bloomberg.com, "White House: New Clearance Policy Won’t Affect Kushner," 21 Feb. 2018 On the National Security Council, 10 of 24 officials listed in the documents — about 42 percent — had only interim security clearances as of November. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Step Right Up to Trump's Security Clearance Buffet Line," 15 Feb. 2018 Here are some standouts: As part of its end-of-year clearance sale, Walmart is offering up to 50% off on items in pretty much every category, including toys, electronics, jewelry, home goods, and more. Lauren Matthews, Good Housekeeping, "The Only List of After-Christmas Sales You Need," 26 Dec. 2018 By Khadejeh Nikouyeh The Charlotte store set to close, a former Food Lion location at 3024 Prosperity Church Road, will be having a clearance sale in the coming weeks. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Fresh Market to close one of its Charlotte stores," 9 July 2018

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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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