clear·ing | \ˈklir-iŋ \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for clearing


acquittal, exculpation, exoneration, vindication



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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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These basic market-clearing principles cannot operate in a single-payer system. Sally C. Pipes, Fortune, "Why Does the Left Want Universal Health Care? Britain’s Is on Its Deathbed," 10 July 2018 The subjects also touched on a number of experiences from his Brewers playing days, including a pair of memorable bench-clearing incidents involving the Braves and Pirates. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Carlos Gomez swears there's no hard feelings with Brian McCann. 'He's a great guy, man'," 25 May 2018 Taylor’s bullet to the center field wall came one batter after Padres third baseman Cory Spangenberg could not cleanly field a grounder and had to settle for an out at first instead of what seemed a nearly certain bases-clearing double play. Kevin Acee,, "Lauer strong, Padres falter in ninth against Nationals," 22 May 2018 Round Rock, TX - Hanser Alberto drilled a game-winning base-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning to vault the Round Rock Express to a 5-4 walk-off win on Wednesday night. Tim Grubbs,, "'Cakes get tripped up in Round Rock, six game win streak snapped," 10 May 2018 With tree-clearing finally underway, an air of desperation is gripping opponents. Gregory S. Schneider, The Seattle Times, "Mother, daughter perch in trees to block Virginia pipeline," 22 Apr. 2018 Punggye-ri itself looked bizarrely like a holiday camp, with large log cabins scattered around a clearing in the woods. Tim Schwarz And Will Ripley, CNN, "The day we saw decades of North Korea's nuclear work go up in smoke," 25 May 2018 The monument, a 5,000-pound trapezoid of white concrete, is in a small clearing near the center of this tiny Berkshires town, overlooking the Housatonic River. Dugan Arnett,, "Things aren’t looking up for UFO monument in tiny town," 9 May 2018 The board instead opted to come up with a new plan under the watchful eye of a federal judge overseeing a civil rights lawsuit by seven homeless people and their advocates over the county's recent clearing of encampments along the river. Hannah Fry,, "Amid mounting pressure, O.C. struggles to craft homeless shelter plan," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

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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