clear·​er | \ ˈklir-ər How to pronounce clearer (audio) \

Definition of clearer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

comparative form of the adjective clear

a clearer understanding a clearer explanation … until we have a clearer idea what we are about, we will remain on Matthew Arnold's darkling plain where, swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, ignorant armies clash by night.— Arthur Schlesinger Jr.



Definition of clearer (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person or thing that clears or clears away something Cromwell reminds sidewalk clearers that they can't fling, blow or plow snow into city streets.— Mike Ferguson Clearers manually search with a metal detector and a pointed stick and, like archaeologists on a dig, extract the mines with small digging implements.— Maureen Rouhi Goldsmith tells us, that when a lovely woman stoops to folly, she has nothing to do but to die; and when she stoops to be disagreeable, it is equally to be recommended as a clearer of ill-fame.— Jane Austen

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On one side are the compulsive clearers, who can’t abide the banners and bubbles designed to prod us into maximum smartphone hygiene. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Those Red Alert Bubbles on Your Phone Are Driving Your Loved One Crazy," 25 May 2018 Besides the fence-clearers, Perdomo allowed two hits and two walks, striking out four. Dennis Lin,, "Perdomo allows three solo home runs in narrow loss to D-backs," 10 Sep. 2017 So, from scrubs to sinus clearers, drug store to designer, here are the body washes that distinguished themselves. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Body Washes Leave Your Skin Healthy, Hydrated, and Maybe Even Glowing," 29 Jan. 2018 The Padres did not muster a follow-up to their early fence-clearers. Dennis Lin,, "Padres fall to Brewers on 10th-inning walk-off home run," 16 June 2017

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1599, in the meaning defined above

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a strong desire or propensity

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