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Clean appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Clean clams crammed in clean cans.
  • How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

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Clean is sometimes a misspelling of cleaned.

The word clean is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective clean

What does clean mean as an attribute of a noun?

Clean is one of the top 100 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: cleaner | cleanest

  1. free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits
  2. free of restrictions or qualifications
  3. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
    • example: efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings
    • synonyms of clean: clear / light / unclouded
    • similar: pure
  4. free from impurities
    • example: clean water
    • synonym of clean: fresh
    • similar: pure
  5. (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense
    • examples: a clean voting record | a clean driver's license
    • similar: perfect
  6. ritually clean or pure
  7. not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination
    • examples: a clean fuel | cleaner and more efficient engines | the tactical bomb is reasonably clean
    • synonym of clean: uncontaminating
    • antonym of clean: dirty
  8. (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers
  9. free from sepsis or infection
  10. morally pure
  11. (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections
    • example: a clean manuscript
    • synonym of clean: fair
    • similar: legible
  12. (of a surface) not written or printed on
  13. exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play
  14. without difficulties or problems
    • example: a clean test flight
    • similar: easy
  15. thorough and without qualification
    • examples: a clean getaway | a clean sweep | a clean break
    • similar: complete
  16. not carrying concealed weapons
  17. free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed
    • examples: he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek | a clean throw
    • synonym of clean: neat
    • similar: adroit
  18. free of drugs
    • example: after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years
    • similar: unaddicted

Alternative definition of the adjective clean


  1. Not dirty.
  2. In a condition of having been cleaned.
  3. In an unmarked condition.
  4. Pure, especially morally or religiously.
  5. Not having used drugs or alcohol.
  6. Smooth, exact, and performed well.
  7. [context: of criminal, driving, etc records] without restrictions or penalties, or someone having such a record.
  8. [informal] Cool or neat.
  9. [context: aerodynamics] Allowing an uninterrupted flow over surfaces, without protrusions such as racks or landing gear.
  10. [context: health] Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  11. [informal] Not in possession of weapons or contraband such as drugs.
  12. See Empty.

Definition of the adverb clean

What does clean mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. completely; used as intensifiers
  2. in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating

Alternative definition of the adverb clean


  1. Fully and completely.

Definition of the noun clean

What does clean mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: cleans

  1. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of clean: clean and jerk
    • more generic words: weightlift / weightlifting = bodybuilding by exercise that involves lifting weights
    • part: jerk = raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms

Alternative definition of the noun clean


  1. [weightlifting] The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders.

Specialised definition of the noun clean

Glossary of sports / weightlifting

the first phase of the clean and jerk movement that has the weightlifter lifting the bar to shoulder height in preparation for the second phase, the jerk

Definition of the verb clean

What does clean mean as a doing word?

Clean is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: cleaned | cleaning | cleans

  1. make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
  2. remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
  3. clean and tidy up the house
  4. clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
    • examples: clean up before you see your grandparents | clean your fingernails before dinner | They clean themselves
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of clean: cleanse
    • more generic words: groom / neaten = care for one's external appearance
    • more specific words:
      • bathe = cleanse the entire body
      • wash = to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking
      • lave / wash = cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
      • lather / soap = rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning
      • douche = direct a spray of water into a bodily cavity, for cleaning
      • floss = use dental floss to clean
      • decontaminate = rid of contamination
  5. be cleanable
  6. deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
    • example: The other players cleaned him completely
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: deprive / divest / strip = take away possessions from someone
  7. remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely
    • examples: The boys cleaned the sandwich platters | The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Location]The strong winds cleared the sky
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Location] of [Theme]Doug cleaned the table of dishes
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Location]Doug cleaned the dishes from the table
      [Location - not region] [Verb]The sky cleared
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] from / out / out of / off / off of [Location]Clouds cleared from the sky

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): clear, drain, empty.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of clean: strip
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  8. remove while making clean
    • examples: Clean the spots off the rug | They clean the snow from the path
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 5
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  9. remove unwanted substances from
  10. remove shells or husks from
    • examples: clean grain before milling it | The chefs clean the vegetables
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract


  1. "Clean" is a 2004 low-budget film directed by French director Olivier Assayas, starring Nick Nolte and Maggie Cheung. It was jointly funded by Canada, France, and United Kingdom sources.
  2. "Clean" is a 2013 short comedy film written and directed by Benjamin Bouhana.
  3. "Clean" is a 2006 horror film written and directed by Alexandre Michaud.
  4. "Clean": "A dance instructor for the elderly goes to extreme measures to fund her growing habit" - Quoting the description from the 2011 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival site.
  5. "Clean" is a film, directed by Nyle Cavazos Garcia and written by Nyle Cavazos Garcia & Jane Gaffney, based on a story by Jane Gaffney.
  6. "Clean" is a short film, directed by Seo-Young Jun.
  7. "Clean" is a 2012 short animation film from Ukraine.


  1. "Clean" is a composition, cataloged instance.
    • also known as Clean (demo)
    • music and lyrics by Martin Gore
  2. "Clean" is the second EP release by American noise rock band Whores. It was released on October 29, 2013, via Brutal Panda Records. The EP was produced and mixed by Ryan Boesch, who is known for his engineering work for acts such as Melvins, Helmet and Foo Fighters.
  3. "Clean" is the fourth studio album by the Contemporary worship duo Shane & Shane. The album was released on October 19, 2004 by Inpop Records label, and the producer on the effort is Will Hunt.
  4. "Clean" is the second full-length studio album from industrial band Deitiphobia, released in 1994 by Myx Records. It is the earliest Deitiphobia album not to feature Brent Stackhouse, who left in 1992, and was also the band's debut for the Myx label. The album features Sheri Shaw, who remained with Deitiphobia until it dissolved in 2001, and Michael Knott, who produced Fear of the Digital Remix and was also the founder of the band's previous record label, Blonde Vinyl.
  5. "Clean" is a composition.
  6. "Clean" is a composition.
  7. "Clean" is a musical album of Edwin Starr.
    • released in (38 years ago)
  8. "Clean" is a musical album of Severed Heads.
    • released in (35 years ago)
  9. "Clean" is a musical album of Nibo, Vend, Duul_Drv.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  10. "Clean" is a musical album of Cosmo Vitelli.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  11. "Clean" is a musical album of Caesar.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  12. "Clean" is a musical album of Cloroform.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  13. "Clean" is a musical single of Charly Bliss.
    • released on
  14. "Clean" is a musical album of Andrew E..
    • released in (9 years ago)
  15. "Clean" is a musical album of Nouvelles Lectures Cosmopolites.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  16. "Clean" is a musical single of The McTells.
    • released in (23 years ago)


  1. Clean a.k.a. The Clean are an influential indie rock band that formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1978, and have been described as the most influential band to come from the Flying Nun label, whose repertoire included many major proponents of the "Dunedin Sound". Led through a number of early rotating line-ups by brothers Hamish and David Kilgour, the band settled down to their well-known and current line-up with bassist Robert Scott. Early incarnations of The Clean included Peter Gutteridge on bass and Doug Hood on vocals. The Clean forged a distinctive and quirky sound that relied heavily on organ melodies and simple, Ramones-style chord progressions.
  2. Clean is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Clean Flesh, Clean Girls, Clean Bandit, Clean Prophets, Clean Addiction, Coyote Clean Up, Relatively Clean Rivers.


  1. Clean: In computer science, Clean is a general-purpose purely functional computer programming language.
  2. The CLEAN algorithm is a computational algorithm to perform a deconvolution on images created in radio astronomy. It was published by Jan Högbom in 1974 and several variations have been proposed since then.

Phrases with Clean

Phrases starting with the word Clean:

  1. clean up
  2. clean out
  3. clean-cut
  4. clean bomb
  5. Clean coal
  6. Clean Code
  7. Clean Copy
  8. clean room
  9. clean house
  10. Clean Sheet
  11. clean slate
  12. Clean Sweep
  13. Clean Bowled
  14. Clean Potato

Phrases ending with the word Clean:

  1. dry clean
  2. Came Clean
  3. Come Clean
  4. Lick Clean
  5. make clean
  6. steam clean

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Clean

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Google previewLewis' Dictionary of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (1999)

by Jeffrey Wayne Vincoli

Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) Amendments issued in 1990 to expand the EPA's...

In the case of any flexible fuel vehicle or dualfisel vehicle, the term “clean altemative fuel” means only a fuel with ...

Google previewChemical Tradename Dictionary (1997)

by Michael Ash, Irene Ash

Clean AIL [Specialty Chem.] All purpose solvent scour for removing ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environment and Society (2007)

FIVE-VOLUME SET by Paul Robbins

THE CLEAN AIR Act is a federal environmental law in the United States that focuses on airborne pollutants known to present hazards to human health. It requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to design and enforce regulations ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1810)

CLEAN, adj. [glan, W \{h; clæne, Sax.] Free from dirt or filth j as, clean water. — They make clean the out- fide of the cup and of the platter, but within they are fall of extortion and excess. Matthew. — Free from moral impurity ; chaste j innocent; ...

Google previewNorthern Paiute–Bannock Dictionary (2012)

by Sven Liljeblad, Catherine S Fowler, Glenda Powell

mabitsapi- (clean up, to; clear up, to) ; mabitsila (clean, to); magazaka (wash, to); massigita (wash with hands); nabagiau (wash yourself); pakw00mali (wash face, to); patsa (wash, to vt.); patsaga ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law (1996)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

CL abbr Claims Court CLE abbr continuing legal education clean adj : free of amendments or annotations clean bill ...

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

clean class Basically the word class denotes a set or category of things having some property or attribute in common. Hence one might quibble about its homonymic status. After all, whether one is talking about socio-economic class or the ...

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Quotes about Clean

Clean beasts must have split hoof and chew the cud,
Clean fish must have scales and fins,
Clean insects must have jointed legs above their feet to hop;
And like other clean things listed in your Bibe. (Edward Kofi Louis)
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Scrabble value of C3L1E1A1N1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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