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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Companies could help by deferring EMI payments for vehicles, doling out future income and clearing past dues, independent startup sector analyst Harish HV says. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "In India’s coronavirus-hit economy, on-demand startups have it the worst," 20 Mar. 2020 The killing of the white giraffes highlighted the threats facing the animals, including poaching for their meat and hide, along with the loss of their habitat because of infrastructure development and land clearing for agriculture and firewood. New York Times, "2 Rare White Giraffes Slaughtered by Poachers in Kenya," 11 Mar. 2020 Land clearing for agricultural use also jeopardizes the species’ habitat. National Geographic, "Northern white-cheeked gibbon," 25 Feb. 2020 Some areas south of Salem could see even warmer high temps and more clearing. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Fog, low clouds, rain returns this afternoon," 30 Jan. 2020 This is an easy, near-flat walk on the bluff with occasional clearings for spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the entrance to the bay and across to the Marin Headlands. Tom Stienstra,, "While turkey roasts, mark the day with a short getaway," 28 Nov. 2019 That streak should come to a close this morning, and gradual clearing will allow for sunshine to return by the afternoon. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Snow ends, but record-cold October temperature possible tonight," 30 Oct. 2019 The National Weather Service is calling for most of Northeast Ohio to see snows end late Friday with cloudy skies most of Saturday and a bit of clearing on Sunday for the entire region. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Milder weather set to return this weekend: Northeast Ohio’s forecast," 27 Feb. 2020 Boline helps me with the knife work as Corbett watches the edges of the clearing, rifle ready. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "The Tongass National Forest is a Wilderness on the Chopping Block," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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1 Apr 2020

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“Clearing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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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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