clearing

noun
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 Much of the criticism of the clearing, and the accusations of political influence, stem from the decision to move in before the 7 p.m. curfew that Bowser had set. Ashraf Khalil, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 Much of the criticism of the clearing, and the accusations of political influence, stem from the decision to move in before the 7 p.m. curfew that Bowser had set. Ashraf Khalil, chicagotribune.com, 9 June 2021 The Agape Movement, a community group which contracted with the city to keep watch over the area, coordinated the clearing of the intersection, the statement said. NBC News, 3 June 2021 With much of the decline stemming from economically important agricultural activity, including the clearing of bee-friendly landscapes for farming, many initiatives have focused on urban areas. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2021 Bitcoin and the rest of the crypto market turned red on Wednesday, but the clearing out of excess leverage can pave the way for future growth. Javier Paz, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The recent controversial clearing of the Echo Park Lake encampment was a window on the culture wars now in play between homeless advocates and the housed, and between council members with widely different approaches to the mounting challenge. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2021 Additional clearing is also possible, especially toward morning. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 Governments and businesses have since worked together to reduce forest clearing for commodities such as palm oil, while also strengthening protections of carbon-absorbing mangroves and peatlands. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Clearing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clearing. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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clearing

noun

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

clearing

noun
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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