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clean /kliːn/ adj
  1. without dirt or other impurities; unsoiled
  2. without anything in it or on it: a clean page
  3. recently washed; fresh
  4. without extraneous or foreign materials
  5. without defect, difficulties, or problems
  6. (of a nuclear weapon) producing little or no radioactive fallout or contamination
  7. (of a wound, etc) having no pus or other sign of infection
  8. pure; morally sound
  9. without objectionable language or obscenity
  10. thorough or complete: a clean break
  11. dexterous or adroit: a clean throw
  12. played fairly and without fouls
  13. simple in design: a ship's clean lines
  14. causing little turbulence; streamlined
  15. honourable or respectable
  16. habitually neat
  17. (esp of a driving licence) showing or having no record of offences
  18. slang innocent; not guilty
  19. not carrying illegal drugs, weapons, etc
  1. to make or become free of dirt, filth, etc: the stove cleans easily
  2. (transitive) to remove in making clean: to clean marks off the wall
  3. (transitive) to prepare (fish, poultry, etc) for cooking: to clean a chicken
  1. in a clean way; cleanly
  2. not standard (intensifier): clean forgotten, clean dead
  3. clean bowledbowled by a ball that breaks the wicket without hitting the batsman or his bat
  4. come cleaninformal to make a revelation or confession
  1. the act or an instance of cleaning: he gave his shoes a clean

See also clean out, clean upEtymology: Old English clǣne; related to Old Frisian klēne small, neat, Old High German kleini

ˈcleanable adj ˈcleanness n

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