clear·​ing | \ ˈklir-iŋ How to pronounce clearing (audio) \

Definition of clearing

1 : the act or process of making or becoming clear
2 : a tract of land cleared of wood and brush
3 : the settlement of accounts or exchange of financial instruments especially between banks

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Examples of clearing in a Sentence

the clearing of the table the clearing of wood and brush from part of the forest We found a clearing in the forest.
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Recent Examples on the Web The pattern of early clouds and damp conditions, then some afternoon clearing continues through Friday. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Clouds, drizzle clear out faster, mostly sunny by afternoon," 2 July 2020 Barr said the clearing of CHOP sends a strong but pointed message to the American people. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "'Haven for violent crime': Barr applauds Seattle police for clearing CHOP zone," 1 July 2020 If there’s clearing, that portion of the person’s skin will take on a bluish tinge, Dr. Johnson observes. Karen Pallarito,, "What Does a Lyme Disease Rash Really Look Like? These Pictures Explain It," 1 July 2020 After clearing months of regulatory hurdles this spring, T-Mobile promised to expand its 5G network and add more than 3,500 additional full-time U.S. employees in the first year and 11,000 more people by 2024, according to USA Today. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Three months after Sprint merger, T-Mobile layoffs hit 127 employees in Louisville," 27 June 2020 Finally, in 2007, a team led by Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass began three years of careful rubble-clearing. National Geographic, "This pharaoh's painted tomb was missing its mummy," 25 June 2020 An Interior Department watchdog office will investigate law enforcement and security forces’ violent clearing of protesters from a square in front of the White House earlier this month., "Mourners pay respects to Rayshard Brooks at Ebenezer viewing," 23 June 2020 However, clearing, risk management, surveillance, and back office applications are also being deployed in the cloud nowadays. Fortune, "Why the future of financial markets is in the cloud," 22 June 2020 Storms should diminish by the afternoon with partial clearing. Dallas News, "Morning storms, then hot and humid," 21 June 2020

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First Known Use of clearing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clearing was in the 14th century

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6 Jul 2020

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“Clearing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clearing

: the act or process of making something clear or of becoming clear
: an open area of land in which there are no trees


clear·​ing | \ ˈklir-iŋ How to pronounce clearing (audio) \

Kids Definition of clearing

: an open area of land in which there are no trees We found a clearing in the forest.

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