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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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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The only sign that marks this as anything but a clearing in the woods is a metal sculpture of a horse, rearing or dancing on the far side of the field. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 Analysts aren’t expecting much change, including in card-clearing services. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Mastercard Renews Effort to Enter Chinese Market," 22 Feb. 2019 But a lot of the problems are simply due to the fact that this entire movie is still throat-clearing for a conflict to come. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie," 8 Nov. 2018 Stick with standard acne-clearing masks like the Rael Fresh Forward Sheet Mask, which is my favorite at the moment, or Tata Harper's Clarifying Mask. Renee Jacques, Allure, "A Redditor Claims Diaper Cream Cleared Up Their Cystic Acne — Here's What Experts Say," 16 Aug. 2018 Plans for the day can change in an instant once the rain starts to fall, and vice versa—bright clearings in an otherwise stormy day emerge out of nowhere. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "An Artists’ Guide to the Paradisiacal Beach Town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica," 2 Jan. 2019 The coast is not expected to top 70 degrees, and clearing should be limited. Robert Krier,, "Cool, mostly gray day to follow drippy morning," 21 May 2018 Despite the struggles facing off and clearing, Loyola possessed the ball 22 times and took 27 shots, mustering just five goals. Terry Foy,, "Loyola Maryland can't find rhythm in 8-5 loss to Yale in NCAA men's lacrosse quarterfinal," 19 May 2018 Less than 20 minutes after the elephant was felled, Molteno located a clearing and put the helicopter down next to Kanisa's rangers. Tristan Mcconnell, GQ, "The Bloody Toll of Congo's Elephant Wars," 16 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 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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to corrupt or become corrupted

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