Notebook, 1993-


Chiaro / Distinto, Clear

Evident, Concise, Plain, Transparent . . . . Lucid . . . .Freedom from ambiguity or indistinctness . . . . Easily seen, sharply defined, distinct . . . . Easily heard, seen, understood, etc. . . . . Free from confusion, uncertaintly, doubt, cloudiness. impurities, obligation, obstruction, obstacle or entanglement, etc.] . . . . Serene, calm, untroubled, open, freed . . . . Without limitation or qualification, entirely, completely. . . . Bright, Shining, Pure and Even [in color, complexion, application, etc.] . . . . .

R  E  F  E  R  E  N  C  E  S 
1 Clarity n. 1. the state or quality of being clear or transparent to the eye; clearness; pellucidity: the clarity of pure water. 2. clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity; a difficult proposition presented with such clarity that everyone understood. [ME clarite < L clãritus (see CLEAR, -ITY); r. ME clarte < MF]

Clear adj. 1. free from darkness, obscurity, or cloudiness; a clear day. 2. bright; shining: a clear flame. 3. transparent; pellucid; good, clear water. 4. of a pure, even color: a clear yellow. 5. without discoloration, defect, or blemish: a clear complexion. 6. easily seen; sharply defined: a clear outline. 7. distinctly perceptible to the ear; easily heard: a clear sound. 8. free from hoarse, harsh, or rasping qualities: a clear voice. 9. easily understood; without ambiguity: clear, concise answers. 10. entirely comprehensible; completely understood: The ultimate causes of war may never be clear. 11. distinct; evident; plain: a clear case of misbehavior. 12. free from confusion, uncertaintly, or doubt: clear thinking. 13. perceiving or discerning distinctly; a clear mind. 14. free from blame or guilt. 15. serene; calm; untroubled: a clear brow. 16. free from obstructions or obstacles; open: a clear view; a clear road. 17. free from contact or entanglement: he kept clear of her after the argment. 18. [of tree trunks or timber] free from branches, knots, etc.: The trunk was clear for 20 feet above the ground. 19. freed or emptied of contents, cargo, etc. 20. without limitation or qualification: absolute: a clear victory. 21. free from obligation, liability, or debt: municiple bonds return as much as 4 percent, clear of taxes. 22. without deduction or diminution: a clear $1000 after taxes.-adv. 23. in a clear or distinct manner; clearly. 24. entirely; completely: to run clear off the road. -v.t. 25. to make clear, transparent, or pellucid; free from cloudiness or impurities. 26. to make free of confusion, doubt, or uncertainty. 27. to make understandable or lucid; free from ambiguity or obscurity. 28. to remove people or objects from [usually fol. by of]: to clear a courtroom of photographers. 29. to remove [people or objects] [usually fol. by from]: to clear the photographers from the courtroom. 30. to make [a path, road, etc.] by removing any obstruction. 31. to remove trees, buildings, etc., from [land], as for farming or construction. 32. to relieve [the throat] of phlegm or noise in [the throat], as to express disapproval or to attract attention. 34. to free from suspicion, accusation, defamation: the ship cleared the reef. 36. to pass through or away from. 37. to pass [checks, or other commercial paper] through a clearing house. 38. [of mail, telephone calls, etc.] to process, handle, reroute, etc.: The dispatcher clears hundreds of items each day. 39. to gain as clear profit: to clear $1,000 in a transaction. 40. to free [a ship, cargo, etc.] from legal detention at a port by satisfing customs and other requirements. 41. to clear your plan with headquarters. 42. to give clearance to: authorize: The chairman must clear our speeches before the meeting. . . .

Clearly adv. 1. in a clear manner. 2. without eqivocation; decidedly. -Syn. 1. plainly, understandably. Clearly, Definitely, Distinctly, Evidently, imply the way in which something is plainly understood or understandable. Clearly suggests without doubt or obscurity: expressed clearly. Definitely means explicitly; with precision: definitely phrased. Distinctly means without blurring or confusion: distinctly enunciated. Evidently means patently, unquestionably: evidently an error.

Clearness n. the state or quality of being clear; distinctness, plainness.

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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