from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of clean.
  • n. A situation in which something is cleaned
  • n. The afterbirth of cows, ewes, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of making clean.
  • n. The afterbirth of cows, ewes, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of making clean.
  • n. The afterbirth of cows, ewes, etc.
  • n. In forestry, a thinning made in a stand which has not reached the small-pole stage. Its main object is to remove trees of undesirable form and species. See thinning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of making something clean


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  • = Two agents are necessary to the proper cleaning of leather, -- a _cleaning agent_ and an _oiling agent_.

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  • We’re cleaning the ship out, —cleaning the whole blessed ship out; and overboard you go!

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  • He spent most of his term cleaning up after Allen and Gilmore, and did a pretty good job of it.

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  • He’s had to spend a big part of his term cleaning up the mess caused by the policies Morrison would bring back.

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  • Madelyne drove the servants ragged over what they referred to as her cleaning fits.

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  • A pigeon-house soon becomes very dirty, and has a most intolerable smell; it should, therefore, be cleaned out as often as practicable, taking care that the cleaning is always done in the morning before mid-day, as pigeons go to roost very early, and, if disturbed in the afternoon, they will very often take a sulky fit, and sit outside of the pigeon-house all night.

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  • Not only do they regularly berate their employees and yell at them, but the actress loves to have what she calls cleaning days.


  • I feel sorry for him he’ll be spending most of his term cleaning out the crap left behind from Bob Taft and the Ohio GOP, but I don’t think he doesn’t know that’ll be part of his job description.

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