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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Clean \Clean\ (kl[=e]n), a. [Compar. Cleaner (kl[=e]n"[~e]r);
   superl. Cleanest.] [OE. clene, AS. cl[=ae]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.
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   2. Free from that which is useless or injurious; without
      defects; as, clean land; clean timber.
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   3. Free from awkwardness; not bungling; adroit; dexterous;
      as, a clean trick; a clean leap over a fence.
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   4. Free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style.
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   5. Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire.
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            When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt
            not make clean riddance of corners of thy field.
                                                  --Lev. xxiii.
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   6. Free from moral defilement; sinless; pure.
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            Create in me a clean heart, O God.    --Ps. li. 10
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            That I am whole, and clean, and meet for Heaven
                                                  --Tennyson.
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   7. (Script.) Free from ceremonial defilement.
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   8. Free from that which is corrupting to the morals; pure in
      tone; healthy. "Lothair is clean." --F. Harrison.
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   9. Well-proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Clean \Clean\, adv.
   1. Without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly;
      entirely. "Domestic broils clean overblown." --Shak.
      "Clean contrary." --Milton.
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            All the people were passed clean over Jordan.
                                                  --Josh. iii.
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   2. Without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously. [Obs.]
      "Pope came off clean with Homer." --Henley.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Clean \Clean\ (kl[=e]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cleaned
   (kl[=e]nd); 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.
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   To clean out, to exhaust; to empty; to get away from (one)
      all his money. [Colloq.] --De Quincey.
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