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  • CLR (contraction used in electronics)


Middle English clere, from Anglo-Norman cler, from Old French cler (Modern French clair), from Latin clarus. Displaced native Middle English schir (clear, pure) (from Old English scīr (clear, bright)), Middle English skere (clear, sheer) (from Old English scǣre and Old Norse skǣr (sheer, clear, pure)), Middle English smolt (clear (of mind), serene) (from Old English smolt (peaceful, serene)).



clear (comparative clearer, superlative clearest)

  1. Transparent in colour.
    as clear as crystal
  2. Bright, not dark or obscured.
    The windshield was clear and clean.
    Congress passed the President’s Clear Skies legislation.
  3. Free of obstacles.
    The driver had mistakenly thought the intersection was clear.
    The coast is clear.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path []. It twisted and turned, [] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights. 'Twas the house I'd seen the roof of from the beach.
  4. Without clouds.
    clear weather;  a clear day
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
  5. (meteorology) Of the sky, such that less than one eighth of its area is obscured by clouds.
  6. Free of ambiguity or doubt.
    He gave clear instructions not to bother him at work.
    Do I make myself clear? Crystal clear.
    I'm still not quite clear on what some of these words mean.
    • 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
      From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. []   But viewed from high up in one of the growing number of skyscrapers in Sri Lanka’s capital, it is clear that something extraordinary is happening: China is creating a shipping hub just 200 miles from India’s southern tip.
  7. Distinct, sharp, well-marked.
  8. (figuratively) Free of guilt, or suspicion.
    a clear conscience
    • 1754, Alexander Pope, “Verses occasioned by Mr. Addison's treatise of medals”, in Joseph Addison, Dialogues Upon the Usefulness of Ancient Medals, page 5:
      Statesman, yet friend to truth! in soul sincere, / In action faithful, and in honour clear
  9. (of a soup) Without a thickening ingredient.
  10. Possessing little or no perceptible stimulus.
    clear of texture;   clear of odor
  11. (Scientology) Free from the influence of engrams; see Clear (Scientology).
  12. Able to perceive clearly; keen; acute; penetrating; discriminating.
    a clear intellect;  a clear head
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Second Edition, Book IX
      Mother of Science, Now I feel thy Power / Within me cleere, not onely to discerne / Things in thir Causes, but to trace the wayes / Of highest Agents
  13. Not clouded with passion; serene; cheerful.
  14. Easily or distinctly heard; audible.
    • c. 1708, Alexander Pope “Ode On St. Cecilia's Day”:
      Hark! the numbers, soft and clear / Gently steal upon the ear
  15. Unmixed; entirely pure.
    clear sand
  16. Without defects or blemishes, such as freckles or knots.
    a clear complexion;  clear lumber
  17. Without diminution; in full; net.
    a clear profit
    • 1728, Jonathan Swift “Horace, Lib. 2, Sat. 6”:
      I often wished that I had clear / For life, six hundred pounds a year



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clear (not comparable)

  1. All the way; entirely.
    I threw it clear across the river to the other side.
  2. Not near something or touching it.
    Stand clear of the rails, a train is coming.
  3. free (or separate) from others
    • 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC[1]:
      Much soul-searching is going on at the west London club who, just seven weeks ago, were five points clear at the top of the table and playing with the verve with which they won the title last season.
  4. (obsolete) In a clear manner; plainly.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Second Edition, Book XII
      Now clear I understand / What oft my steadiest thoughts have searched in vain
    • 1988, Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses:
      I want you to know how he spoke: he spoke loud, and he spoke clear.
    • 1992, Orson Scott Card, Cruel Miracles:
      Can't they see for themselves? Course not. Looks like dust to them, so they can't see it clear at all
    • 2005, Sammatha Crosby Scott, There's a War Inside of Me, page 111:
      I would get very short with people and speak clear of my feelings without consideration of their feelings.
    • 2009, Stephen James Shore, Annalea A Princess in Exile, page 160:
      Then I heard clear your mother's voice, crying out in distress!
    • 2010, Jack Mayatt, A Better Man: An Inspirational Book, page 20:
      Now when God called him, Moses told God immediately that he could not speak clear enough to be this leader.



clear (third-person singular simple present clears, present participle clearing, simple past and past participle cleared)

  1. (transitive) To remove obstructions or impediments from.
    • 1715–8, Matthew Prior, “Alma: or, The Progreſs of the Mind” in Poems on Several Occaſions (1741), canto III, p.297:
      Faith, Dick, I muſt confeſs, ‛tis true // (But this is only Entre Nous) // That many knotty Points there are, // Which All diſcuſs, but Few can clear.
    • 1711 November 6, Joseph Addison, The Spectator No. 215:
      [] Aristotle has brought to explain his Doctrine of Substantial Forms, when he tells us that a Statue lies hid in a Block of Marble; and that the Art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous Matter, and removes the Rubbish.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, in The China Governess[2]:
      ‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. []
    • 2013 June 29, “Unspontaneous combustion”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 29:
      Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia. The cheapest way to clear logged woodland is to burn it, producing an acrid cloud of foul white smoke that, carried by the wind, can cover hundreds, or even thousands, of square miles.
  2. (ergative) To become freed from obstructions.
    When the road cleared we continued our journey.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
      “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, [].
  3. (transitive) To eliminate ambiguity or doubt from a matter; to clarify; especially, to clear up.
  4. (transitive) To remove from suspicion, especially of having committed a crime.
    The court cleared the man of murder.
    • 1713, John Dryden, “Preface”, in Fables Antient and Modern:
      [] yet I appeal to the reader, and am sure he will clear me from Partiality.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, a Tragedy, Act III, scene v:
      How! Wouldst thou clear rebellion?
  5. (transitive) To pass without interference; to miss.
    The door just barely clears the table as it closes.  The leaping horse easily cleared the hurdles.
  6. (intransitive) To become clear.
    After a heavy rain, the sky cleared nicely for the evening.
  7. (intransitive) Of a check or financial transaction, to go through as payment; to be processed so that the money is transferred.
    The check might not clear for a couple of days.
  8. (transitive, business) To earn a profit of; to net.
    He's been clearing seven thousand a week.
    • 1843, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James II[3], volume I, chapter V:
      The profit which she cleared on the cargo [] cannot be estimated at less than a thousand guineas.
  9. (transitive) To obtain permission to use (a sample of copyrighted audio) in another track.
  10. To disengage oneself from incumbrances, distress, or entanglements; to become free.
    • 1613, Francis Bacon, The Eſſaies (second edition), essay 18: “Of Expences”:
      Beſides, he that cleares at once will relapſe: for finding himſelfe out of ſtraights, he will reuert to his cuſtomes. But hee that cleareth by degrees, induceth an habite of frugality, and gaineth as well vpon his minde, as vpon his Eſtate.
  11. To obtain a clearance.
    The steamer cleared for Liverpool today.
  12. (sports) To defend by hitting (or kicking, throwing, heading etc.) the ball (or puck) from the defending goal.
    • 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1-0 Bolton”, in BBC[4]:
      Bolton then went even closer when Elmander's cross was met by a bullet header from Holden, which forced a wonderful tip over from Cech before Drogba then cleared the resulting corner off the line.
  13. To fell all trees of a forest.
  14. (transitive, computing) To reset or unset; to return to an empty state or to zero.
    to clear an array;  to clear a single bit (binary digit) in a value
  15. (computing, transitive) To style (an element within a document) so that it is not permitted to float at a given position.
    • 2010, Andy Harris, HTML, XHTML and CSS All-In-One For Dummies (page 290)
      To get the footer acting right, you need to float it and clear it on both margins.


  • (clear a forest): stub

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clear (plural clears)

  1. (carpentry) Full extent; distance between extreme limits; especially; the distance between the nearest surfaces of two bodies, or the space between walls.
    a room ten feet square in the clear
  2. (cryptology) State of being unenciphered. (In the clear: Not enciphered.)