clearance

[ kleer-uh ns ]SEE DEFINITION OF clearance

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLEARANCE

For a moment there were other duties to be attended to, a clearance and cleansing.

We shall only be able to pass on this side when the excavations have made a clearance.

You're no earthly use and I ought to give you your clearance papers.

"She's given him his clearance papers," was her way of expressing it.

They got their clearance without delay and headed for the ready room.

The governor was resolved not to grant a clearance, and rejoiced over his opponents.

Note that the top rake (C) is 70 degrees, and the clearance 15 degrees.

Guthrum was baptized, and the Treaty of Wedmore secured the clearance of Wessex.

Not only that, but they have a clearance for this kind of special work—we've needed them before.

We're too low on fuel to wait for clearance, even if control is working.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, "action of clearing," from clear (v.) + -ance. Meaning "a clear space" is from 1788. Meaning "approval, permission" (especially to land or take off an aircraft) is from 1944, American English; national security sense recorded from 1948. Clearance sale attested by 1843.

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