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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One of the Armenian mine-clearing experts lost his foot in a mine explosion. Fox News, "Armenia sends more mine-clearing experts, doctors to Syria," 6 June 2019 Like magic, simply adding water transforms this formula into a dirt-clearing cleanser that makes your skin baby-soft, and it can even be used to remove waterproof mascara. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Capricorn Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 The Assault Breacher Vehicle removes the vehicle’s turret and main gun and instead adds a mine plow, dozer blade, ordnance removal charges, and an explosive mine-clearing system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Robotic M1 Abrams Battle Tank Can Smash Through Enemy Defenses," 8 May 2019 And in one of Mrs. Arnold’s more expansive acrylic paintings, the swirling skies could herald a clearing spell — or a catastrophic storm. Bryan Marquard,, "Doffie Arnold, an artist whose canvases sparkled with energy, dies at 94," 6 July 2018 Brian Bussey, head of the CFTC’s clearing division, countered that cooperation has worked well over the years and that the U.S. has a history of deferring to foreign regulation of major clearinghouses abroad. Viren Vaghela,, "The EU Is Emerging as the New Sheriff for Global Financial Markets," 15 June 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 And each time his office said a lack of jurisdiction or subpoena power contributed to dropping the inquiry or clearing Greitens of wrongdoing. Tessa Weinberg, kansascity, "AG Josh Hawley is investigating Greitens again. Will the outcome be any different? | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 Since 2008 Western banks have been fined for breaking rules in the past, but not banned from dollar clearing. The Economist, "Zap! American officials can destroy foreign firms like gremlins on a screen," 5 May 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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