Word of the Day: Clean

clean
klēn

adjective

1. free of dirt, soil, impurity, or defilement
“When one friend washes another, both become clean.” Dutch Proverb

2. neat, tidy
“Because I’m always away, coming home to a clean house means a lot to me.”
-Kellan Lutz, 1985-

3. pure, uncontaminated
“Wind and other clean, renewable energy will help end our reliance on fossil fuels and combat the severe threat that climate change poses to humans and wildlife alike.”
– Frances Beinecke, 1960-

4. appropriate, morally sound, not vulgar or improper
“I’d rather get a good clean laugh with good material, than an easy laugh by swearing or shocking.” -Jim Dale, 1935-

5. smooth, without blemish
“Truth; that long, clean, clear, simple, undeniable, unchallengeable, straight and shining line, on one side of which black is black and on the other white is white, has now become an angle, a point of view.” -William Faulkner, 1897-1962

verb

6. to remove dirt, trash, rubbish, or other blemishes
“Clean up your own mess.” – Robert Fulghum 1937-

7. to purify, to free from impurities
“If you clean your body out so that it is not fighting against you, you rest better, think better and you’re always light on your feet.” -Ray Lewis, 1975-

8. (of fish or poultry) to remove the inedible or undesirable portions
“It was a ritual on Saturday morning for all my family – my grandfather, my brothers, my uncles, my father – to go fishing, and then the ladies of the family would clean the fish and fry them up.” -Billy Williams, 1938-

adverb

9. so as to be free of unwanted material or clutter
“One of the challenges of innovation is figuring out how to wipe your mind clean about what you should be doing at any given moment, and not having a religious attachment to what’s gotten you there thus far.” -Andrew Mason, 1980-