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.
Recent Examples on the Web Researchers and environmentalists argue that the paving will lead to mass clearing of pristine rainforest, given that most Amazon deforestation occurs alongside roads where access is easier and land value is higher. Fabiano Maisonnave, ajc, 29 July 2022 Unfortunately both the end of the regular 2021 filing season and the clearing of the backlog of unprocessed returns is creating more mail for both taxpayers and the IRS. Amber Gray-fenner, Forbes, 5 July 2022 The windows and everything inside the plane are gone, but sections of the wings are scattered around the clearing. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2022 Now, the politician who pushed for the clearing of those encampments is on the ballot. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 His body had been close to Building 12 the whole time, investigators believe, down the path to the clearing where Russian soldiers had camped out. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 Otherwise, partial clearing as temperatures fall to the mid-70s to around 80 for lows. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 Luis Arraez and Correa reached with singles off Bieber, then Max Kepler drew a walk to load the bases before Miranda sent a Bieber fastball to right field for a bases-clearing double, giving the Twins a 3-1 lead. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 30 June 2022 The Angels and Mariners were disciplined following Sunday’s benches-clearing incident. Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clearing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Aug 2022

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“Clearing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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