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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Four airplanes — two Boeing 787s, a Boeing 737 and an Airbus 340 — were on the taxiway awaiting clearance for takeoff. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "SFO near-miss: Capt. ‘Sully’ pushes bill, says ‘biggest threats are runway related’," 8 Aug. 2019 The 25-year-old impressed during his first full season at the Etihad last year, leading the champions in passes, aerial battles won and clearances to earn himself a place in the PFA Team of the Year. SI.com, "Manchester City 2019/20 Season Preview: Strengths, Weaknesses, Key Man and Predictions," 7 Aug. 2019 Louisville Courier Journal Louisville City FC announced the signing of right back Akil Watts on Tuesday, pending league and federation approval and international clearance. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC announces the signing of defender Akil Watts," 6 Aug. 2019 To obtain an exemption, a student must receive clearance from a doctor. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "State says Burbank Unified’s kindergartens are ‘safe’ in defending against disease outbreaks," 6 Aug. 2019 Show clearance beauty now, like 30% off the Drybar Super Straight-Up Bundle. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Black Friday 2019," 5 Aug. 2019 Two planes were intercepted in New Jersey for entering a no-fly zone without the proper clearance while President Trump vacationed at his golf resort Friday, local reports said. Fox News, "Two planes intercepted over President Trump's NJ golf club for entering no-fly zone," 3 Aug. 2019 All student-athletes planning to attend must have their athletic clearance/ticket-to-play paperwork completed and cleared by the Ramona High School Administration Office before attending tryouts. Ramona Sentinel, "Girls golf tryouts start Monday," 2 Aug. 2019 But regulators have extended retaliatory measures to include slowing down customs clearance for American companies and putting off issuing license in insurance and other fields. CBS News, "China warns of retaliation for Trump's planned tariff hike," 2 Aug. 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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