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adj. clear·er, clear·est
1. Free from clouds, mist, or haze: a clear day.
2. Not obscured or darkened; bright: clear daylight; a clear yellow.
3. Easily seen through; transparent: clear water.
4. Free from flaw, blemish, or impurity: a clear, perfect diamond; a clear record with the police.
5. Free from impediment, obstruction, or hindrance; open: a clear view; a clear path to victory.
6. Plain or evident to the mind; unmistakable: a clear case of cheating.
7. Easily perceptible to the eye or ear; distinct: the clear call of a songbird.
8. Discerning or perceiving easily; keen: a clear mind.
9. Free from doubt or confusion; certain: His meaning is clear.
10. Free from qualification or limitation; absolute: a clear winner.
11. Free from guilt; untroubled: a clear conscience.
12. Having been freed from contact, proximity, or connection: At last we were clear of the danger. The ship was clear of the reef.
13. Free from charges or deductions; net: a clear profit.
14. Containing nothing: The ship's hold was clear.
1. Distinctly; clearly: spoke loud and clear.
2. Out of the way; completely away: stood clear of the doors.
3. Informal All the way; completely: slept clear through the night; read the book clear to the end.
v. cleared, clear·ing, clears
1. To make light, clear, or bright: The wind cleared the sky of clouds.
2. To rid of impurities, blemishes, muddiness, or foreign matter: The new filter cleared the water.
3. To free from confusion, doubt, or ambiguity; make plain or intelligible: cleared up the question of responsibility.
a. To rid of objects or obstructions: clear the table; clear the road of debris.
b. To make (a way or clearing) by removing obstructions: clear a path through the jungle.
c. To remove (objects or obstructions): clear the dishes; clear snow from the road.
a. To remove the occupants of: clear the theater.
b. To remove (people): clear the children from the room.
6. Sports
a. To move or shoot (a ball or puck) away from the goal or out of the defensive zone.
b. To clear a ball or puck out of (the defensive zone), as in lacrosse or hockey.
7. Computers
a. To rid (a memory location or buffer, for example) of instructions or data.
b. To remove (instructions or data) from memory.
8. To free from a legal charge or imputation of guilt; acquit: cleared the suspect of the murder charge.
9. To pass by, under, or over without contact: The boat cleared the dock.
10. To settle (a debt).
11. To gain (a given amount) as net profit or earnings.
12. To pass (a bill of exchange, such as a check) through a clearing-house.
a. To secure the approval of: The bill cleared the Senate.
b. To authorize or approve: cleared the material for publication.
14. To free (a ship or cargo) from legal detention at a harbor by fulfilling customs and harbor requirements.
15. To give clearance or authorization to: cleared the plane to land.
16. To free (the throat) of phlegm by making a rasping sound.
1. To become clear: The sky cleared.
2. To go away; disappear: The fog cleared.
a. To exchange checks and bills or settle accounts through a clearing-house.
b. To pass through the banking system and be debited and credited to the relevant accounts: The check cleared.
4. To comply with customs and harbor requirements in discharging a cargo or in leaving or entering a port.
A clear or open space.
Phrasal Verb:
clear out Informal
To leave a place, usually quickly.
clear the air
To dispel differences or emotional tensions.
in the clear
1. Free from burdens or dangers.
2. Not subject to suspicion or accusations of guilt: The evidence showed that the suspect was actually in the clear.

[Middle English cler, from Old French, from Latin clārus, clear, bright; see kelə- in Indo-European roots.]

clear′a·ble adj.
clear′er n.
clear′ly adv.
clear′ness n.
Synonyms: clear, crystal, crystalline, limpid, pellucid, transparent
These adjectives mean not opaque or clouded: wrapped in clear plastic; crystal waters fed by snowmelt; crystalline air after a storm; a limpid blue pool; fish darting in the pellucid shallows; the transparent wings of a dragonfly. See Also Synonyms at apparent.
References in classic literature ?
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New; which carrieth the greater benediction, and the clearer revelation of God's favor.
But the more intensely he thought, the clearer it became to him that it was indubitably so, that in reality, looking upon life, he had forgotten one little fact--that death will come, and all ends; that nothing was even worth beginning, and that there was no helping it anyway.
Of course," I stammered, "I cannot expect you to understand the situation, though I think, if you would allow me, I could in a very few words make it somewhat clearer,--make you realise that, after all, it has been a very innocent and childish escapade, in which there has been no harm and a great deal of pleasure--"
I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space.
While to Helen the paradox became clearer and clearer.
And presently he sat down upon the table, sword in hand; the air that he was making all the time began to run a little clearer, and then clearer still; and then out he burst with a great voice into a Gaelic song.
In both countries it was clearer than crystal to the lords of the State preserves of loaves and fishes, that things in general were settled for ever.
The green light, strangely enough, did not seem lessened by the surrounding starlight, but had a clearer effect and a deeper green.
He also took leave of his son and grandchildren, and died sincerely glad that he was relieving his son and daughter-in-law of the burden of having to feed him, and that he was now really passing from this life of which he was weary into that other life which every year and every hour grew clearer and more desirable to him.
Sometimes the sound died away, then it grew clearer again and nearer.
But the incidents of his adventure grew sensibly sharper and clearer under the attrition of thinking them over, and so he presently found himself leaning to the impression that the thing might not have been a dream, after all.
Therefore, to make this point clearer, I say that the nobles ought to be looked at mainly in two ways: that is to say, they either shape their course in such a way as binds them entirely to your fortune, or they do not.