clear /ˈklɪ(ə)r/ 形容詞
清除; 消除 CLR
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.
Clear a. [Compar. Clearer superl. Clearest.]
1. Free from opaqueness; transparent; bright; light; luminous; unclouded.
The stream is so transparent, pure, and clear. --Denham.
Fair as the moon, clear as the sun. --Canticles vi. 10.
2. Free from ambiguity or indistinctness; lucid; perspicuous; plain; evident; manifest; indubitable.
One truth is clear; whatever is, is right. --Pope.
3. Able to perceive clearly; keen; acute; penetrating; discriminating; as, a clear intellect; a clear head.
Mother of science! now I feel thy power
Within me clear, not only to discern
Things in their causes, but to trace the ways
Of highest agents. --Milton.
4. Not clouded with passion; serene; cheerful.
With a countenance as clear
As friendship wears at feasts. --Shak.
5. Easily or distinctly heard; audible; canorous.
Hark! the numbers soft and clear
Gently steal upon the ear. --Pope.
6. Without mixture; entirely pure; as, clear sand.
7. Without defect or blemish, such as freckles or knots; as, a clear complexion; clear lumber.
8. Free from guilt or stain; unblemished.
Statesman, yet friend to truth! in soul sincere,
In action faithful, and in honor clear. --Pope.
9. Without diminution; in full; net; as, clear profit.
I often wished that I had clear,
For life, six hundred pounds a-year. --Swift.
10. Free from impediment or obstruction; unobstructed; as, a clear view; to keep clear of debt.
My companion . . . left the way clear for him. --Addison.
11. Free from embarrassment; detention, etc.
The cruel corporal whispered in my ear,
Five pounds, if rightly tipped, would set me clear. --Gay.
Clear breach. See under Breach, n., 4.
Clear days Law., days reckoned from one day to another, excluding both the first and last day; as, from Sunday to Sunday there are six clear days.
Clear stuff, boards, planks, etc., free from knots.
Syn: -- Manifest; pure; unmixed; pellucid; transparent; luminous; obvious; visible; plain; evident; apparent; distinct; perspicuous. See Manifest.
Clear n. Carp. Full extent; distance between extreme limits; especially; the distance between the nearest surfaces of two bodies, or the space between walls; as, a room ten feet square in the clear.
1. In a clear manner; plainly.
Now clear I understand
What oft . . . thoughts have searched in vain. --Milton.
2. Without limitation; wholly; quite; entirely; as, to cut a piece clear off.
Clear v. i.
1. To become free from clouds or fog; to become fair; -- of the weather; -- often followed by up, off, or away.
So foul a sky clears not without a storm. --Shak.
Advise him to stay till the weather clears up. --Swift.
3. To disengage one's self from incumbrances, distress, or entanglements; to become free. [Obs.]
He that clears at once will relapse; for finding himself out of straits, he will revert to his customs; but he that cleareth by degrees induceth a habit of frugality. --Bacon.
3. Banking To make exchanges of checks and bills, and settle balances, as is done in a clearing house.
4. To obtain a clearance; as, the steamer cleared for Liverpool to-day.
To clear out, to go or run away; to depart. [Colloq.]
adj 1: clear to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear
explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear
indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea
of human nature" [ant: unclear]
2: free from confusion or doubt; "a complex problem requiring a
clear head"; "not clear about what is expected of us"
3: affording free passage or view; "a clear view"; "a clear
path to victory" [syn: open]
4: free from cloudiness; allowing light to pass through; "clear
water"; "clear plastic bags"; "clear glass"; "the air is
clear and clean" [ant: opaque]
5: free from contact or proximity or connection; "we were clear
of the danger"; "the ship was clear of the reef" [syn: clear(p)]
6: characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially
guilt); "a clear conscience"; "regarded her questioner
with clear untroubled eyes"
7: (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims;
"efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings";
"clear laughter like a waterfall"; "clear reds and blues";
"a light lilting voice like a silver bell" [syn: clean,
8: (especially of a title) free from any encumberance or
limitation that presents a question of fact or law; "I
have clear title to this property" [syn: unmortgaged]
9: clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible; "as
clear as a whistle"; "clear footprints in the snow"; "the
letter brought back a clear image of his grandfather"; "a
spire clean-cut against the sky"; "a clear-cut pattern"
[syn: clean-cut, clear-cut]
10: accurately stated or described; "a set of well-defined
values" [syn: well-defined] [ant: ill-defined]
11: free from clouds or mist or haze; "on a clear day" [ant: cloudy]
12: free of restrictions or qualifications; "a clean bill of
health"; "a clear winner" [syn: clean]
13: free from flaw or blemish or impurity; "a clear perfect
14: clear of charges or deductions; "a clear profit"
15: easily deciphered [syn: decipherable, readable]
16: 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, cleared,
exculpated, exonerated, vindicated]
17: characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving; "clear
mind"; "a percipient author" [syn: percipient]
18: of complexion; without such blemishes as e.g. acne; "the
clear complexion of a healthy young woman"
n 1: the state of being free of suspicion; "investigation showed
that he was in the clear"
2: a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water;
"finally broke out of the forest into the open" [syn: open]
adv 1: completely; "read the book clear to the end"; "slept clear
through the night"; "there were open fields clear to
the horizon" [syn: all the way]
2: in an easily perceptible manner; "could be seen clearly
under the microscope"; "She cried loud and clear" [syn: clearly]
v 1: rid of obstructions; "Clear your desk" [syn: unclutter]
2: make a way or path by removing objects; "Clear a path
through the dense forest"
3: become clear; "The sky cleared after the storm" [syn: clear
up, light up, brighten] [ant: overcast]
4: grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript
for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this
slanderous biography" [syn: authorize, authorise, pass]
5: remove; "clear the leaves from the lawn"; "Clear snow from
6: go unchallenged; be approved; "The bill cleared the House"
7: be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts; "The
check will clear within 2 business days" [ant: bounce]
8: go away or disappear; "The fog cleared in the afternoon"
9: pass by, over, or under without making contact; "the balloon
cleared the tree tops" [syn: top]
10: make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; "Could
you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of
who is at fault" [syn: clear up, shed light on, crystallize,
crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten
out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidate]
11: free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment;
"Clear the ship and let it dock"
12: clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.; "clear
the water before it can be drunk"
13: yield as a net profit; "This sale netted me $1 million"
14: make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million" [syn:
net, sack, sack up]
15: earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as
salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your
new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger
brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month"
[syn: gain, take in, make, earn, realize, realise,
pull in, bring in]
16: sell; "We cleared a lot of the old model cars"
17: pass an inspection or receive authorization; "clear customs"
18: pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was
cleared of the murder charges" [syn: acquit, assoil,
discharge, exonerate, exculpate] [ant: convict]
19: settle, as of a debt; "clear a debt"; "solve an old debt"
20: make clear, bright, light, or translucent; "The water had to
be cleared through filtering"
21: rid of instructions or data; "clear a memory buffer"
22: remove (people) from a building; "clear the patrons from the
theater after the bomb threat"
23: remove the occupants of; "Clear the building"
24: free (the throat) by making a rasping sound; "Clear the
throat" [syn: clear up]