• Removal of dirt.
  • The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders.


  • To remove dirt from a place or object.
  • To tidy up, make a place neat.
  • To remove equipment from a climbing route after it was previously lead climbed.
  • To make things clean in general.
  • To remove unnecessary files, etc. from (a directory, etc.).
  • To brush the ice lightly in front of a moving rock to remove any debris and ensure a correct line; less vigorous than a sweep.
  • To purge a raw of any blemishes caused by the scanning process such as brown tinting and poor color contrast.
  • To remove guts and/or scales of a butchered animal.



Opposite words


  • From Middle English clene, clane, from Old English clǣne, from Proto-Germanic *klainiz, from Proto-Indo-European *glēy-, from Proto-Indo-European *gel-. Cognate with Scots clean and clene, clane, North Frisian klien, Dutch klein, Low German kleen, German klein, Swedish klen, Icelandic klénn.

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