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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Neat, a. [Compar. Neater superl. Neatest.]
 1. Free from that which soils, defiles, or disorders; clean; cleanly; tidy.
    If you were to see her, you would wonder what poor body it was that was so surprisingly neat and clean.   --Law.
 2. Free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry; simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful; chaste; as, a neat style; a neat dress.
 3. Free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind; as, neat brandy; to drink one's vodka neat. Hence: Chem. Pure; undiluted; as, dissolved in neat acetone.  “Our old wine neat.”
 4. Excellent in character, skill, or performance, etc.; nice; finished; adroit; as, a neat design; a neat thief.
 5. With all deductions or allowances made; net.
 Note: [In this sense usually written net. See Net, a., 3.]
 neat line Civil Engin., a line to which work is to be built or formed.
 Neat work, work built or formed to neat lines.
 Syn: -- Nice; pure; cleanly; tidy; trim; spruce.