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    meanings of clear

    I would like to ask the two different meanings of clear.

    Clear: Allowing light to pass through: Ex:The air is clear
    Clear: (meteorology) free from clouds, mist or haze: Ex: On a clear day.

    What is the difference between these two meanings with their respective examples?

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    Re: meanings of clear

    There is no difference. The second is just a little more specific in context.

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    Re: meanings of clear

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    I would like to ask the two different meanings of clear.

    Clear: Allowing light to pass through: Ex:The air is clear
    Clear: (meteorology) free from clouds, mist or haze: Ex: On a clear day.

    What is the difference between these two meanings with their respective examples?

    Source: Wordweb

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    In your examples, it means the same thing.

    But clear also has other meanings. What does your dictionary say?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: meanings of clear

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    There is no difference. The second is just a little more specific in context.
    Is "clear sky" in the secon one, which is a subset of first?

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    Re: meanings of clear

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    In your examples, it means the same thing.

    But clear also has other meanings. What does your dictionary say?
    My dictionary, WordWeb, admits them as different.

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    Re: meanings of clear

    I think that "clear sky" is a different use of "clear" because it specially means "cloud free."

    We use "clear" to refer to the AIR when it's free from smog, haze, fog, etc. But in the SKY is means "no clouds."
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    Re: meanings of clear

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think that "clear sky" is a different use of "clear" because it specially means "cloud free."

    We use "clear" to refer to the AIR when it's free from smog, haze, fog, etc. But in the SKY is means "no clouds."
    Is above "But in the SKY it means "no clouds" ?

    Yes, there is very small difference but the meaning is still the same. In one clear refers to the sky free from clouds, in the other refers to the air free from mist, haze etc but the idea is being free from things the obscure the passing of light and seeing through.

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    Re: meanings of clear

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Is above "But in the SKY it means "no clouds" ?

    Yes, there is very small difference but the meaning is still the same. In one clear refers to the sky free from clouds, in the other refers to the air free from mist, haze etc but the idea is being free from things the obscure the passing of light and seeing through.

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    Yes. Again, clear has several meanings. But in both your examples, it means that there is 100% visibility.

    More information can create more meaning. If a fire fighter says "The air is clear," it probably means that there is no smoke. If a weather forecaster says "The sky is clear," it means there are no clouds. But the definition of clear is the same. Only the situation is different.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 03-Mar-2017 at 22:18.
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    Re: meanings of clear

    The first meaning is synonymous with transparent.

    The second is synonymous with cloudless sky.

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    Re: meanings of clear

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The second is synonymous with cloudless sky.
    I think cannot be snonymous with "cloudless sky", a phrase, but can be synonymous with "cloudless", an adjective.

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