- The act of clearing or something (such as a space) cleared
- The distance between two moving objects, especially between parts of a machine
- The height or width of a tunnel, bridge or other passage, or the distance between a vehicle and the walls or roof of such passage; a gap, headroom.
- A permission for a vehicle to proceed, or for a person to travel.
- The plane got clearance from air traffic control, and we were off.
- He got clearance to travel to America, even though he had previous links to terrorists
- A permission to have access to sensitive or secret documents or other information.
- 2018 July 31, Julia Carrie Wong, “What is QAnon? Explaining the bizarre rightwing conspiracy theory”, in The Guardian:
- In a thread called “Calm Before the Storm”, and in subsequent posts, Q established his legend as a government insider with top security clearance who knew the truth about a secret struggle for power involving Donald Trump, the “deep state”, Robert Mueller, the Clintons, pedophile rings, and other stuff.
- A permission to use something, usually intellectual property, that is legally, but not otherwise, protected.
- (retail) A sale of merchandise, especially at significantly reduced prices in order to make room for new merchandise or updated versions of the same merchandise.
- (banking, finance) The settlement of transactions involving securities or means of payment such as checks by means of a clearing house.
- (medicine) The removal of harmful substances from the blood; renal clearance.
- (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) The act of potting all the remaining balls on a table at one visit.
- (soccer) The act of kicking a ball away from the goal one is defending.
- 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC:
- Bolton were then just inches from taking the lead, but the dangerous-looking Taylor drilled just wide after picking up a loose ball following Jose Bosingwa's poor attempted clearance.
- (chess) Removal of pieces from a rank, file or diagonal so that a bishop, rook or queen is free to move along it.
- Clear or net profit.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Trollope to this entry?)
- (Australian rules football) The first disposal in a chain that leaves the area of a stoppage, or a disposal that leaves the area of a stoppage itself.
- (Australian rules football) The act of leaving the area of a stoppage.
- clearance hole
- clearance space
- customs clearance
- ground clearance
- L clearance
- Q clearance
- renal clearance
- total clearance
act of clearing or something cleared
distance between two moving objects
height or width of a passage, or the distance between a vehicle and the walls or roof of such passage
permission for a vehicle to proceed, or for a person to travel
permission to have access to sensitive or secret documents or other information
sale of merchandise at a reduced price
finance: processing of payments at a clearing house
medicine: removal of harmful substances from the blood
billiards: act of potting all the remaining balls on a table at one visit
soccer: the act of kicking a ball away from the goal one is defending
clearance f (invariable)
clearance m (plural clearances)