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clean·ly

 (klēn′lē)
adv.
In a clean manner.
adj. (klĕn′lē) clean·li·er, clean·li·est
Habitually and carefully neat and clean.

clean′li·ness (klĕn′lē-nĭs) n.

Cleanliness

See also bathing.

an abnormal desire to wash, especially the hands.
1. absence of bacteria of a harmful nature.
2. the techniques of achieving this condition. — aseptic, adj.
an abnormal fear of being dirty.
an abnormal fear or dislike of slime. Also called myxophobia.
an abnormal fear of having an unpleasant body odor.
an abnormal fear of feces.
the process of elutriating, or purification by washing and straining.
freedom fromstainor blemish. — immaculate, adj.
an abnormal fear or dislike of dirt.
blennophobia.
1. a cloth or handkerchief for wiping sweat from the face.
2. a sudatorium.
a room where a sweat bath is taken. Also called sudarium.

Cleanliness

 

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  1. Clean and smooth as a peeled onion —O. Henry
  2. Clean and well-kept as a cemetery —Karl Shapiro
  3. (Her face) clean and white as a handkerchief —John Ashbery
  4. Clean as a Band-Aid —Max Apple
  5. Clean as a bleached bone —Wallace Stegner
  6. Clean as a convent cell —Vita Sackville-West
  7. Clean as a hound’s tooth —American colloquialism, attributed to New England
  8. (His heart felt) clean as a new green leaf —Stephen Vincent Benet
  9. Clean as a New England kitchen —Anon
  10. Clean as a newly laundered sheet —Rosamund Pilcher

    Pilcher uses the “Clean as a sheet” simile to describe the smoothness and cleanliness of sand when the tide is out in a story entitled The White Birds.

  11. Clean as a new pin of every penny of debt —Sir Walter Scott
  12. Clean as a penny —William Robertson

    A much used simile to describe anyone who is neatly and cleanly dressed.

  13. Clean as a pig’s whistle —American colloquialism, attributed to New England

    Just plain “Clean as a whistle,” is said to stem from the fact that it takes a clean dry whistle to produce a good sound.

  14. Clean as a piglet bathed in milk —Mary Gordon
  15. Clean as a rose is after rain —James Whitcomb Riley
  16. Clean as a toilet bowl —Lincoln Kirstein
  17. (The woman was as) clean as a white rose in the morning gauze of dew —Carl Sandburg
  18. Clean as driftwood —Robert Hass
  19. (Legs) clean as marble —Beryl Markham
  20. Clean as new grass when the old grass burns —Carl Sandburg
  21. Clean as water pouring from a silver tap —Tennessee Williams
  22. Dirty as a glass roof in a train station —Leonard Cohen
  23. Dust balls sail like galleons [on a carpet] on the dry sea —Robert Irwin
  24. Fingernails … like watch crystals —Walker Percy
  25. Immaculate as a laboratory —Ben Ames Williams
  26. Spotless as naked innocence —John Smith
  27. The water’s (of swimming pool) like bouillabaisse. It’s got more things in it than Macy’s window —Noël Coward
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cleanliness - the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfectionscleanliness - the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections
habit, use - (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
2.cleanliness - diligence in keeping clean
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
fastidiousness - the trait of being meticulous about matters of taste or style; "neatness and fastidiousness of dress"
neatness, tidiness - the trait of being neat and orderly
uncleanliness - lack of cleanly habits

cleanliness

noun cleanness, purity, freshness, whiteness, sterility, spotlessness Many of Britain's beaches fail to meet minimum standards of cleanliness.
Proverbs
"Cleanliness is next to godliness"

cleanliness

noun
The condition of being clean and free of contaminants:
Translations
نَظافَه
čistota
renlighed
tisztaság
hreinlæti

cleanliness

[ˈklenlɪnɪs] Nlimpieza f
the importance of personal cleanlinessla importancia del aseo or de la higiene personal
cleanliness is next to godlinessla limpieza lo es todo

cleanliness

[ˈklɛnlinəs] npropreté f

cleanliness

nReinlichkeit f; cleanliness is next to godliness (Prov) → Sauberkeit ist alles!

cleanliness

[ˈklɛnlɪnɪs] npulizia

clean

(kliːn) adjective
1. free from dirt, smoke etc. a clean window; a clean dress.
2. neat and tidy in one's habits. Cats are very clean animals.
3. unused. a clean sheet of paper.
4. free from evil or indecency. a clean life; keep your language clean!
5. neat and even. a clean cut.
adverb
completely. He got clean away.
verb
to (cause to) become free from dirt etc. Will you clean the windows?
ˈcleaner noun
ˈcleanly adverb
The knife cut cleanly through the cheese.
cleanly (ˈklenli) adjective
clean in personal habits.
ˈcleanliness (ˈklen-) noun
clean up
to clean (a place) thoroughly. She cleaned (the room) up after they went home.
a clean bill of health
a certificate saying that a person, the crew of ship etc is entirely healthy (especially after being ill). I've been off work but I've got a clean bill of health now.
a clean slate
a fresh start. After being in prison he started his new job with a clean slate.
come clean
to tell the truth about something, often about something about which one has previously lied.
make a clean sweep
to get rid of everything unnecessary or unwanted. The new manager made a clean sweep of all the lazy people in the department.

cleanliness

n limpieza
References in classic literature ?
the knaves have trodden in the clay, and deformed the cleanliness of the place, as though they were brute beasts, instead of human men.
It was like a wonderful poem to him, and he took it all in guilelessly--even to the conspicuous signs demanding immaculate cleanliness of the employees.
Secondly, these missionaries would gradually, and without creating suspicion or exciting alarm, introduce a rudimentary cleanliness among the nobility, and from them it would work down to the people, if the priests could be kept quiet.
He was fully as uncomfortable as he looked; for there was a restraint about whole clothes and cleanliness that galled him.
I only recollect that underneath some white covering on the bed, with a beautiful cleanliness and freshness all around it, there seemed to me to lie embodied the solemn stillness that was in the house; and that when she would have turned the cover gently back, I cried: 'Oh no
Joe was a very clean housekeeper, but had an exquisite art of making her cleanliness more uncomfortable and unacceptable than dirt itself.
I would not have dwelt so long upon a circumstance that, perhaps, at first sight, may appear not very momentous, if I had not thought it necessary to justify my character, in point of cleanliness, to the world; which, I am told, some of my maligners have been pleased, upon this and other occasions, to call in question.
Let them bring me a comb here, or what they please, and curry this beard of mine, and if they get anything out of it that offends against cleanliness, let them clip me to the skin.
As for his coat, though remarkable for its cleanliness, it was always half worn-out, but without spots or creases.
Even on Sunday, when it veiled its more florid charms and lay comparatively empty of passage, the street shone out in contrast to its dingy neighbourhood, like a fire in a forest; and with its freshly painted shutters, well-polished brasses, and general cleanliness and gaiety of note, instantly caught and pleased the eye of the passenger.
He had to answer for the cleanliness of the premises and the conduct of the other students, and it was a part of his duty to supply, receive, and divide the various subjects.
Nobody could bargain with greater obstinacy, and as for cleanliness, the lustre on her brass sauce-pans was the envy and despair of other servants.