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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Synonyms & Antonyms for clearing

Synonyms

acquittal, exculpation, exoneration, vindication

Antonyms

conviction

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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 return of normalcy led to a spike in rainforest-clearing, as landowners mowed down former guerrilla hide-outs to establish cattle ranches and plantations. Jon Emont, WSJ, "The Nemesis of the Rainforests: Peace," 29 Mar. 2019 As our group came upon a clearing, a surprising and joyous moment erupted. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 2019 Douglas and his colleagues compare it to the initial phase of Maya land clearing, 3,500 to 2,500 years ago. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Carbon impact of ancient Maya farming may still be felt," 22 Aug. 2018 Luquin wants to return to the ranch, blown this day by a clearing breeze. Scott Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "The earth cracked open. Walls of lava encroached. That’s just life on a Hawaiian volcano.," 20 May 2018 Luquin wants to return to the ranch, blown this day by a clearing breeze. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "The earth cracked open. Walls of lava encroached. That’s just life on a Hawaiian volcano.," 19 May 2018 Luquin wants to return to the ranch, blown this day by a clearing breeze. Scott Wilson, chicagotribune.com, "The earth cracked open. Lava filled the streets. For Hawaiians, that's just the price of paradise.," 19 May 2018 If set too high, the amount of money firms need to post at the clearing crimps the ability to trade, which hurts market liquidity and can even spur more volatility. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Regulators Probe Options Market’s Major Clearinghouse," 2 Aug. 2018 Levi Love, whose company designed Grand Oaks Reserve, said that most of the land clearing is finished at Grand Oaks Reserve and site work is being started on a model homes area. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "City of Cleveland puts itself in spotlight at Allies Day," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of clearing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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