Definition of Cleaning

1. Noun. The act of making something clean. "He gave his shoes a good cleaning"

Definition of Cleaning

1. n. The act of making clean.

Definition of Cleaning

1. Verb. (present participle of clean) ¹

2. Noun. (context: gerund of clean) A situation in which something is cleaned ¹

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Definition of Cleaning

1. clean [v] - See also: clean

Medical Definition of Cleaning

1. In dentistry, a procedure whereby accretions are removed from the teeth or from a dental prosthesis. See: dental prophylaxis. Ultrasonic cleaning, in dentistry, the use of a high-frequency vibrating point to remove deposits from tooth structure; also the process of cleaning dentures by placing them in a special liquid in a container that generates high-frequency vibrations. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cleaning

clean sweeps
clean up
clean up one's act
cleaned out
cleaned up
cleaner fish
cleaning (current term)
cleaning implement
cleaning lady
cleaning out
cleaning pad
cleaning shoe
cleaning shoes
cleaning up
cleaning woman

Literary usage of Cleaning

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Women and the Trades,Pittsburgh,1907-1908 by Elizabeth Beardsley Butler (1909)
"CHAPTER XII DYEING AND cleaning THE dyeing and cleaning establishments, like the laundries of Pittsburgh, owe their prosperity in part to mines and mills. ..."

2. Proceedings by Natural Gas Association of America, Modern Language Association of America (1921)
"A man engaged in running a string of cleaning out tools should provide ... In cleaning out old wells, it is often a difficult matter to tell just ..."

3. The American Year Book: A Record of Events and Progress by Francis Graham Wickware, (, Albert Bushnell Hart, (, Simon Newton Dexter North, William M. Schuyler (1914)
"A special committee of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment worked with the Commissioner of Street cleaning during 1913 to revise the proposal for ..."

4. The ABCs of Safe & Healthy Child Care: A Handbook for Child Care Providers by Cynthia M. Hale, Jacqueline A. Polder (2000)
"Rinse the potty with water from a sink used only for custodial cleaning. ... cleaning AND DISINFECTION Keeping the child care environment clean and orderly ..."

5. Metals in America's Historic Buildings: Uses and Preservation Treatments by Margot Gayle, John G. Waite (1992)
"cleaning methods in preparation for painting can be divided into three ... Another more delicate method of cleaning some of the harder metals is glass-bead ..."

6. A Bibliography of Municipal Government in the United States by William Bennett Munro (1915)
"Select list of references on methods of street cleaning. Washington, 1910. 4 pp. ... References on street cleaning and refuse disposal. Washington, 1912. ..."

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