from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of making or becoming clear.
  • n. A tract of land within a wood or other overgrown area from which trees and other obstructions have been removed.
  • n. An open space: a clearing in the fog.
  • n. The exchange among banks of checks, drafts, and notes and the settlement of consequent differences.
  • n. The total of claims presented daily at a clearing-house.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of clear.
  • n. The act or process of making or becoming clear.
  • n. An area of land within a wood or forest devoid of trees.
  • n. An open space in the fog etc.
  • n. A process of exchanging transaction information and authorisation through a central institution or system to complete and settle those transactions.
  • n. A sequence of events used to disconnect a call, and return to the ready state.
  • n. The period in which remaining university places are allocated to remaining students.
  • n. The act of removing the ball from one's own goal area by kicking it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of making clear.
  • n. A tract of land cleared of wood for cultivation.
  • n. A method adopted by banks and bankers for making an exchange of checks held by each against the others, and settling differences of accounts.
  • n. The gross amount of the balances adjusted in the clearing house.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of making clear.
  • n. In calico-printing, the operation of removing superfluous dye from the cloth, by washing, treating with bran and soap, and grass-bleaching.
  • n. In glass manufacturing, the keeping of molten glass in a thinly fluid condition, to permit impurities and all uncombined substances to separate and settle to the bottom, leaving the glass clear. This is assisted by agitation, first by the escape of the gases disengaged, and, when this ceases, by stirring with iron ladles or poles, and finally by introducing some substance containing water, which is pushed to the bottom, and there evolves steam, which works upward through the mass.
  • n. In galvanizing sheet-iron, the operation of removing oxid from the surface of the plates under treatment by immersing them in muriatic acid.
  • n. In banking, the mutual exchange between banks of checks and drafts, and the settlement of the differences. The place where this is effected is called a clearing-house (which see).
  • n. In English railway management, the act of distributing among the different companies the proceeds of the through traffic passing over several railways. The necessary calculations are made in the railway clearing-house in London.
  • n. That which is cleared, or is cleared away; specifically, in the plural, the total of the claims to be settled at a clearing-house.
  • n. A place or tract of land cleared of wood for cultivation.
  • n. The amount of free play or space between the cogs of two geared wheels when fitted together.

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

  • n. the act of freeing from suspicion
  • n. a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area
  • n. the act of removing solid particles from a liquid


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