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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Lingering showers will end this evening then partial clearing will develop overnight., "Cooler, less humid on Thursday," 12 Sep. 2019 The weather service warns of a chance of rain Sunday morning, with the skies clearing later in the day for a high near 75 degrees., "Portland metro Sunday weather: Partly sunny with a chance of rain in the morning," 11 Aug. 2019 The faster clearing just isn’t that important to most people, Libra’s going to be competing against banks on-line, and there’s really no evidence that Libra’s fees are going to be so much lower as to matter. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House’s social media summit has an ulterior motive," 11 July 2019 Full or partial clearing is possible in the late morning or early afternoon at some beaches. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego can expect ‘June gloom’ into next weekend," 17 June 2019 Other conditions that contribute to blooms are stagnant water, resulting from a lack of natural flushing, and land clearing, which allows more polluted runoff to wash into waterways. Craig Pittman,, "5 things to know about blue-green algae. (It’s bad. And it’s getting worse.)," 10 July 2019 Their days begin and end with a regimen of airway clearing, a 24-minute series of percussions on Margo’s chest, back and sides. Anndee Hochman,, "The Parent Trip: Meagan and Rhett Brackeen of Point Breeze," 27 Feb. 2018 The bears knew to come when the train stopped in some forest clearing to get treats tossed by the crew. Los Angeles Times, "On Canada’s Via Rail, a return to the older — and let’s be honest, better — way of traveling," 17 Aug. 2019 Sundar Pichai, Google's soft-spoken CEO of 15 months, stood in the small clearing in the dense crowd that served as a makeshift stage. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech," 13 Aug. 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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