clearance

noun

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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web But in May of last year, Neuralink received FDA clearance for human clinical trials, and a few months later, the startup began recruiting patients with quadriplegia caused by cervical spinal cord injury or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Clare Duffy, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 The report further indicated that, across all sectors, the cost of debris clearance and management alone reaches almost US$11 billion. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 All said, a project like Vultures 1 could require upwards of 50 clearances, says Danny Zook, CEO of Alien Music Services. Colin Stutz, Billboard, 17 Feb. 2024 Every Wilderness edition is specifically engineered with front skid plates, upgrades to its ground clearance, drivetrain and all terrain capabilities. Tony Leopardo, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 The school also failed to do proper criminal background clearances for teachers and had seven different principals over a four-year period, according to LAUSD records. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 Of note, ~90% of patients who met the study’s co-primary endpoints achieved complete scalp clearance (ss-IGA 0 or PSSI 100). Dominique Fluker, Essence, 30 Jan. 2024 Still, in the tricky world of TV licensing, the network’s ’heads need supportive — or at least tolerant — colleagues to facilitate clearances. Eric Renner Brown, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2024 Among other things, the lawsuit accuses Walmart of hiding the cereals in a stockroom, placing them in the baby or clearance sections, and hiking their prices to more than $10 a box. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clearance was in 1540

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“Clearance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clearance. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

clearance

noun
clear·​ance ˈklir-ən(t)s How to pronounce clearance (audio)
1
a
: an act or process of clearing
b
: the act of clearing a ship at the customhouse
c
: the papers showing that a ship has cleared
d
: authorization for an airplane to proceed
2
: a sale to clear out stock
3
: the distance by which one object keeps from hitting or touching another or the clear space between them

Medical Definition

clearance

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