Hypertext Webster Gateway: "clean"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

The various forms of uncleanness according to the Mosaic law are
enumerated in Lev. 11-15; Num. 19. The division of animals into
clean and unclean was probably founded on the practice of
sacrifice. It existed before the Flood (Gen. 7:2). The
regulations regarding such animals are recorded in Lev. 11 and
Deut. 14:1-21.

The Hebrews were prohibited from using as food certain animal
substances, such as (1) blood; (2) the fat covering the
intestines, termed the caul; (3) the fat on the intestines,
called the mesentery; (4) the fat of the kidneys; and (5) the
fat tail of certain sheep (Ex. 29:13, 22; Lev. 3:4-9; 9:19;
17:10; 19:26).

The chief design of these regulations seems to have been to
establish a system of regimen which would distinguish the Jews
from all other nations. Regarding the design and the abolition
of these regulations the reader will find all the details in
Lev. 20:24-26; Acts 10:9-16; 11:1-10; Heb. 9:9-14.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Clean \Clean\, adv.
1. Without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly;
entirely. ``Domestic broils clean overblown.'' --Shak.
``Clean contrary.'' --Milton.

All the people were passed clean over Jordan.
--Josh. iii.

2. Without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously. [Obs.]
``Pope came off clean with Homer.'' --Henley.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Clean \Clean\, a. [Compar. {Cleaner}; superl. {Cleanest}.] [OE.
clene, AS. cl?ne; 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}.]
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, aclean 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.

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

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.

{A clean bill of health}, a certificate from the proper
authority that a ship is free from infection.

{Clean breach}. See under {Breach}, n., 4.

{To make a clean breast}. See under {Breast}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Clean \Clean\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cleaned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Cleaning}.] [See {Clean}, a., and cf. {Cleanse}.]
To render clean; to free from whatever is foul, offensive, or
extraneous; to purify; to cleanse.

{To clean out}, to exhaust; to empty; to get away from (one)
all his money. [Colloq.] --De Quincey.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits;
"children with clean shining faces"; "clean white
shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house";
"cats are clean animals" [ant: {dirty}]
2: free of restrictions or qualifications; "a clean bill of
health"; "a clear winner" [syn: {clear}]
3: (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: {clear},
{light}, {unclouded}]
4: free from impurities; "clean water"; "fresh air" [syn: {fresh}]
5: without difficulties or problems; "a clean test flight"
6: (religion) ritually clean or pure [ant: {unclean}]
7: not spreading pollution or contamination; especially
radioactive contamination; "a clean fuel"; "cleaner and
more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably
clean" [syn: {uncontaminating}] [ant: {dirty}]
8: (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable
elements; fit for all observers; "good clean fun"; "a
clean joke" [syn: {unobjectionable}] [ant: {dirty}]
9: free from sepsis or infection; "a clean (or uninfected)
wound" [syn: {uninfected}]
10: morally pure; "led a clean life" [syn: {clean-living}]
11: (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections;
"fair copy"; "a clean manuscript" [syn: {fair}]
12: of a surface; not written or printed on; "blank pages";
"fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white
margins" [syn: {blank}, {white}]
13: marked by or calling for sportsmanship or fair play; "a
clean fight"; "a sporting solution of the disagreement";
"sportsmanlike conduct" [syn: {sporting}, {sportsmanlike}]
14: thorough and without qualification; "a clean getaway"; "a
clean sweep"; "a clean break"
15: (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense; "a
clean voting recor"; "a clean driver's license"
16: not carrying concealed weapons
17: free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed; "he
landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"; "a clean
throw"; "the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife" [syn:
18: free of drugs; "after a long dependency on heroin she has
been clean for 4 years"
n : a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder
height and then jerked overhead [syn: {clean and jerk}]
adv 1: (slang) completely; used as intensifiers; "clean forgot the
appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out" [syn:
{plumb}, {plum}]
2: in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or
cheating; "they played fairly" [syn: {fairly}, {fair}]
[ant: {unfairly}]
v 1: make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances
from; "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"
[syn: {make clean}] [ant: {dirty}]
2: remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits,
as of chickens or fruit; "Clean the turkey" [syn: {pick}]
3: clean and tidy up the house; "She housecleans every week"
[syn: {houseclean}, {clean house}]
4: clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up
before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails
before dinner" [syn: {cleanse}]
5: be cleanable; "This stove cleans easily"
6: remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely;
"The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were
cleaned of apples by the storm"; deprive wholly of money
in a gambling game, robbery, etc.; "The other players
cleaned him completely" [syn: {strip}]
7: remove while making clean; "Clean the spots off the rug"
8: remove unwanted substances from, as in chemistry [syn: {scavenge}]
9: remove shells or husks from; "clean grain before milling it"

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