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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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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To get there, the group drives four hours from Stockholm, hikes through the woods, and finally emerges into the clearing through a wooden gate that resembles a sunburst. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Midsommar is a brutish, nasty daylight nightmare from the director of Hereditary," 20 June 2019 His brothers lifted his casket onto their shoulders and carried it up the hill to a clearing in front of his mother’s simple wood-and-thatch home. Carlo Gabuco, National Geographic, "Death rituals help restless spirits find peace in the Philippines," 9 Apr. 2019 The National Weather Service expects limited clearing at the coast Thursday through Saturday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Make room for more June gloom," 20 June 2019 Most of the area will see clearing by 7 a.m. Outside of thunderstorms, look for partly cloudy skies with highs in the low to mid 90s, and maximum heat index values of over 100 F. Be sure to stay weather aware! Dallas News, "NBC 5 Forecast: Early morning storms moving through," 19 June 2019 The game also doesn't appear to include a pickaxe or shovel for the sake of either clearing paths or gathering resources. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Minecraft Dungeons hands-on: A shameless Diablo clone—and better for it," 12 June 2019 Louisville could see a little rain Monday morning and early afternoon, Jarvis said, with the forecast clearing up in the evening and into Tuesday. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Flash flood watch passes without issue as Louisville looks toward a brighter week," 10 June 2019 Once the frontal system moves off to the east, high pressure over the Ohio Valley will ridge into the state, bringing a clearing sky., "Frontal system will cause lingering showers," 10 June 2019 The first mile is an effortless stroll through woodlands of Gambel oak, Ponderosa pines and sunny clearings. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll probably have the summit to yourself on this shady summer hike," 7 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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