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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.
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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.
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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
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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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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"
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

cleanliness

noun
The condition of being clean and free of contaminants:
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

cleanliness

[ˈklɛnlinəs] npropreté f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

cleanliness

nReinlichkeit f; cleanliness is next to godliness (Prov) → Sauberkeit ist alles!
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

cleanliness

[ˈklɛnlɪnɪs] npulizia
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

cleanliness

n limpieza
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation to speed needed cleanup resources to the scene, saying, "We will do everything necessary to protect California's coastline."