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clearing (n.)

late 14c., "action of making clear," verbal noun from clear (v.). Meaning "land cleared of wood" is from 1818, American English.

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Definitions of clearing from WordNet

clearing (n.)
a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area;
Synonyms: glade
clearing (n.)
the act of freeing from suspicion;
clearing (n.)
the act of removing solid particles from a liquid;
Synonyms: clarification
From wordnet.princeton.edu