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Dictionary Definition

clearance

Noun

1 the distance by which one thing clears another; the space between them
2 vertical space available to allow easy passage under something [syn: headroom, headway]
3 permission to proceed; "the plane was given clearance to land"

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English

Noun

  1. The act of clearing or something (such as a space) cleared
  2. The distance between two moving objects, especially between parts of a machine
  3. The height or width of a tunnel, bridge or other passage, or the distance between a vehicle and the walls or roof of such passage; a gap, headroom
  4. permission for a vehicle to proceed, or for a person to travel
    The plane got clearance from air traffic control, and we were off.
    He got clearance to travel to America, even though he had previous links to terrorists
  5. permission to have access to sensitive or secret documents or other information
  6. a sale of merchandise at a reduced price
  7. the processing of cheques at a clearing house
  8. the removal of substances from the blood; renal clearance
  9. In the context of "sports|billiards|snooker|pool": The act of potting all the remaining balls on a table at one visit.

Translations

The act of clearing or something (such as a space) cleared
The distance between two moving objects
The height or width of a tunnel, bridge or other passage, or the distance between a vehicle and the walls or roof of such passage
permission for a vehicle to proceed, or for a person to travel
permission to have access to sensitive or secret documents or other information
a sale of merchandise at a reduced price
the processing of cheques at a clearing house
(medicine) the removal of substances from the blood; renal clearance

Extensive Definition

A clearance can refer to:
clearance in German: Freigabe
clearance in Dutch: Klaring (luchtvaart)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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