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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Clean
  1. Free from dirt or filth; as, clean clothes.
  2. Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects; as, clean land; clean timber.
  3. Free from awkwardness; not bungling; adroit; dexterous; as, a clean trick; a clean leap over a fence.
  4. Free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style.
  5. Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire."When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of corners of thy field." [Lev. xxiii. 22.]
  6. Free from moral defilement; sinless; pure."Create in me a clean heart, O God." [Ps. li. 10]"That I am whole, and clean, and meet for Heaven" [Tennyson.]
  7. [Script] Free from ceremonial defilement.
  8. Free from that which is corrupting to the morals; pure in tone; healthy."Lothair is clean." [F. Harrison.]
  9. Well-proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs .

Etymology: OE. clene, AS. clǣne; akin to OHG. chleini pure, neat, graceful, small, G. klein small, and perh. to W. glan clean, pure, bright; all perh. from a primitive, meaning bright shining. Cf. Glair

adverb Clean
  1. Without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly; entirely."Domestic broils cleanoverblown." [Shak.] Clean CleanMilton."All the people were passed clean over Jordan." [Josh. iii. 17.]
  2. Without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously.(Obs)"Pope came off cleanwith Homer." [Henley.]
verb Clean
To render clean; to free from whatever is foul, offensive, or extraneous; to purify; to cleanse.

Etymology: See Clean (a.), and cf. Cleanse

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
  2. Clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing ("clean up before you see your grandparents" and "clean your fingernails before dinner")
  3. Remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits ("Clean the turkey")
  4. Remove shells or husks from ("clean grain before milling it")
  5. Remove unwanted substances from
  6. Remove while making clean ("Clean the spots off the rug")
  7. Make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from ("Clean the stove!" and "The dentist cleaned my teeth")
  8. Clean and tidy up the house ("She housecleans every week")
  9. Remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely ("The boys cleaned the sandwich platters" and "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm")
  10. Deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc. ("The other players cleaned him completely")
  11. Be cleanable ("This stove cleans easily")
  12. Free of drugs ("after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years")
  13. Free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed ("he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek" and "a clean throw")
  14. Not carrying concealed weapons
  15. Free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits ("children with clean shining faces", "clean white shirts", "clean dishes", "a spotlessly clean house", and "cats are clean animals")
  16. (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers ("good clean fun" and "a clean joke")
  17. Not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination ("a clean fuel", "cleaner and more efficient engines", and "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean")
  18. Ritually clean or pure
  19. Thorough and without qualification ("a clean getaway", "a clean sweep", and "a clean break")
  20. Without difficulties or problems ("a clean test flight")
  21. Exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play ("a clean fight")
  22. (of a surface) not written or printed on ("a clean page")
  23. (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections ("a clean manuscript")
  24. Morally pure ("led a clean life")
  25. (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense ("a clean voting record" and "a clean driver's license")
  26. Free from impurities ("clean water")
  27. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims ("efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings")
  28. Free of restrictions or qualifications ("a clean bill of health")
  29. Free from sepsis or infection ("a clean (or uninfected) wound")
  30. Completely; used as intensifiers ("clean forgot the appointment")
  31. In conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating

From Middle English clene, clane, from Old English clǣne (“clean, pure, chaste, innocent, unencumbered, unfettered, hallowed, clear, open, honorable, true, acute, sagacious, intellectual”), from Proto-Germanic *klainiz (“shining, fine, splendid, tender”), from Proto-Indo-European *glēy- (“gleaming”), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (“to gleam”). Cognate with Scots clean (“absolute, pure, clear, empty”) and clene, clane (“clean”), North Frisian klien (“small”), Dutch klein (“small”), Low German kleen (“small”), German klein (“small”), Swedish klen (“weak, feeble, delicate”), Icelandic klénn (“poor, feeble, petty, snug, puny, cheesy, lame”). Displaced Old English sȳfre (“clean, sober”), hlūtor (“pure, clear, clean, bright”).

  1. Removal of dirt.
    This place needs a .
  2. (weightlifting) The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders.

clean was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Manx

Fun Facts about the name Clean

  • When was the first name Clean first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Clean is Monday, January 14th, 1889.
  • How unique is the name Clean? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Clean. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Clean: Your name in reverse order is Naelc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lnaec. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Clean born Aug 20, 1926

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central India approximately on 1275. Your profession was preacher, publisher, and scribbler of ancient inscriptions.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.