Clear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cleared p. pr. & vb. n. Clearing.]
1. To render bright, transparent, or undimmed; to free from clouds.
He sweeps the skies and clears the cloudy north. --Dryden.
2. To free from impurities; to clarify; to cleanse.
3. To free from obscurity or ambiguity; to relive of perplexity; to make perspicuous.
Many knotty points there are
Which all discuss, but few can clear. --Prior.
4. To render more quick or acute, as the understanding; to make perspicacious.
Our common prints would clear up their understandings. --Addison
5. To free from impediment or incumbrance, from defilement, or from anything injurious, useless, or offensive; as, to clear land of trees or brushwood, or from stones; to clear the sight or the voice; to clear one's self from debt; -- often used with of, off, away, or out.
Clear your mind of cant. --Dr. Johnson.
A statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter. --Addison.
6. To free from the imputation of guilt; to justify, vindicate, or acquit; -- often used with from before the thing imputed.
I . . . am sure he will clear me from partiality. --Dryden.
How! wouldst thou clear rebellion? --Addison.
7. To leap or pass by, or over, without touching or failure; as, to clear a hedge; to clear a reef.
8. To gain without deduction; to net.
The profit which she cleared on the cargo. --Macaulay.
To clear a ship at the customhouse, to exhibit the documents required by law, give bonds, or perform other acts requisite, and procure a permission to sail, and such papers as the law requires.
To clear a ship for action, or To clear for action Naut., to remove incumbrances from the decks, and prepare for an engagement.
To clear the land Naut., to gain such a distance from shore as to have sea room, and be out of danger from the land.
To clear hawse Naut., to disentangle the cables when twisted.
To clear up, to explain; to dispel, as doubts, cares or fears.
adj 1: rid of objects or obstructions such as e.g. trees and brush;
"cleared land"; "cleared streets free of fallen trees
and debris"; "a cleared passage through the
underbrush"; "played poker on the cleared dining room
table" [ant: uncleared]
2: freed from any question of guilt; "is absolved from all
blame"; "was now clear of the charge of cowardice"; "his
official honor is vindicated" [syn: absolved, clear, exculpated,