The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Clear \Clear\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cleared; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To render bright, transparent, or undimmed; to free from
He sweeps the skies and clears the cloudy north.
2. To free from impurities; to clarify; to cleanse.
3. To free from obscurity or ambiguity; to relive of
perplexity; to make perspicuous.
Many knotty points there are
Which all discuss, but few can clear. --Prior.
4. To render more quick or acute, as the understanding; to
Our common prints would clear up their
5. To free from impediment or incumbrance, from defilement,
or from anything injurious, useless, or offensive; as, to
clear land of trees or brushwood, or from stones; to clear
the sight or the voice; to clear one's self from debt; --
often used with of, off, away, or out.
Clear your mind of cant. --Dr. Johnson.
A statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art
of the statuary only clears away the superfluous
6. To free from the imputation of guilt; to justify,
vindicate, or acquit; -- often used with from before the
I . . . am sure he will clear me from partiality.
How! wouldst thou clear rebellion? --Addison.
7. To leap or pass by, or over, without touching or failure;
as, to clear a hedge; to clear a reef.
8. To gain without deduction; to net.
The profit which she cleared on the cargo.
To clear a ship at the customhouse, to exhibit the
documents required by law, give bonds, or perform other
acts requisite, and procure a permission to sail, and such
papers as the law requires.
To clear a ship for action, or To clear for action
(Naut.), to remove incumbrances from the decks, and
prepare for an engagement.
To clear the land (Naut.), to gain such a distance from
shore as to have sea room, and be out of danger from the
To clear hawse (Naut.), to disentangle the cables when
To clear up, to explain; to dispel, as doubts, cares or