Clear vs Over - What's the difference?

clear | over |

As a noun clear

is (scientology) an idea state of beingness free of unwanted influences.

As an adverb over is

, above.

As a preposition over is




Alternative forms

* (contraction used in electronics)


  • Transparent in colour.
  • Bright, not dark or obscured.
  • Free of obstacles.
  • * , chapter=1
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage=Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path
  • Without clouds.
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  • Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
  • (lb) Of the sky, such that less than one eighth of its area is obscured by clouds.
  • Free of ambiguity or doubt.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=52, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The new masters and commanders , passage=From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much.
  • Distinct, sharp, well-marked.
  • (lb) Free of guilt, or suspicion.
  • * (Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • Statesman, yet friend to truth! in soul sincere, / In action faithful, and in honour clear .
  • (lb) Without a thickening ingredient.
  • Possessing little or no perceptible stimulus.
  • (lb) Free from the influence of engrams; see .
  • Able to perceive clearly; keen; acute; penetrating; discriminating.
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • Mother of science! now I feel thy power / Within me clear , not only to discern / Things in their causes, but to trace the ways / Of highest agents.
  • Not clouded with passion; serene; cheerful.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • With a countenance as clear / As friendship wears at feasts.
  • Easily or distinctly heard; audible.
  • * (Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • Hark! the numbers soft and clear / Gently steal upon the ear.
  • Unmixed; entirely pure.
  • Without defects or blemishes, such as freckles or knots.
  • Without diminution; in full; net.
  • * (Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • I often wished that I had clear , / For life, six hundred pounds a year.


    * obscure * (of a soup) thick

    Derived terms

    * as clear as a bell * as clear as day * as clear as mud * clarity * clearly * clearness * crystal clear * free and clear * in the clear * keep a clear head * keep clear


  • All the way; entirely.
  • I threw it clear across the river to the other side.
  • Not near something or touching it.
  • Stand clear of the rails, a train is coming.
  • free (or separate) from others
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Much soul-searching is going on at the west London club who, just seven weeks ago, were five points clear at the top of the table and playing with the verve with which they won the title last season. }}
  • (obsolete) In a clear manner; plainly.
  • * (rfdate) (Milton)
  • Now clear I understand.
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  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (lb) To remove obstructions or impediments from.
  • *1715–8 , (Matthew Prior), “Alma: or, The Progre?s of the Mind” in Poems on Several Occa?ions (1741), canto III, p.297:
  • *:Faith, Dick, I mu?t confe?s, ?tis true // (But this is only Entre Nous ) // That many knotty Points there are, // Which All di?cu?s, but Few can clear .
  • *(Joseph Addison) (1672–1719)
  • *:A statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=7 citation , passage=‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared .
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=29, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Unspontaneous combustion , passage=Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear' its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia. The cheapest way to ' clear logged woodland is to burn it, producing an acrid cloud of foul white smoke that, carried by the wind, can cover hundreds, or even thousands, of square miles.}}
  • (lb) To become freed from obstructions.
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  • *:“A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable,.
  • (lb) To eliminate ambiguity or doubt from a matter; to clarify; especially, to clear up.
  • (lb) To remove from suspicion, especially of having committed a crime.
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  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:Iam sure he will clear me from partiality.
  • *(Joseph Addison) (1672–1719)
  • *:Wouldst thou clear rebellion?
  • (lb) To pass without interference; to miss.
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  • (lb) To become clear.
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  • (lb) Of a check or financial transaction, to go through as payment; to be processed so that the money is transferred.
  • :
  • To earn a profit of; to net.
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  • * (1800-1859)
  • the profit which she cleared on the cargo
  • (lb) To obtain permission to use (a sample of copyrighted audio) in another track.
  • To disengage oneself from incumbrances, distress, or entanglements; to become free.
  • *1613 , (Francis Bacon), (second edition), essay 18: “ Of Expences”:
  • *:Be?ides, he that cleares' at once will relap?e: for finding him?elfe out of ?traights, he will reuert to his cu?tomes. But hee that ' cleareth by degrees, induceth an habite of frugality, and gaineth as well vpon his minde, as vpon his E?tate.
  • To obtain a clearance.
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  • (lb) To defend by hitting (or kicking, throwing, heading etc.) the ball (or puck) from the defending goal.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2010, date=December 29, author=Chris Whyatt, title=Chelsea 1-0 Bolton
  • , work=BBC citation , passage=Bolton then went even closer when Elmander's cross was met by a bullet header from Holden, which forced a wonderful tip over from Cech before Drogba then cleared the resulting corner off the line.}}
  • To fell all trees of a forest.
  • To reset or unset; to return to an empty state or to zero.
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  • Synonyms

    * (clear a forest) stub

    Derived terms

    * clear away * clear off * clear out * clear up * clearance * clearing


    (en noun)
  • (carpentry) Full extent; distance between extreme limits; especially; the distance between the nearest surfaces of two bodies, or the space between walls.
  • a room ten feet square in the clear





    (wikipedia over)


    (en adjective)
  • Finished; ended or concluded.
  • The show is over .

    Derived terms



  • Thoroughly; completely; from beginning to end.
  • * 1661 , , The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
  • During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant
  • From an upright position to being horizontal.
  • Horizontally; left to right or right to left.
  • From one position or state to another.
  • Overnight (throughout the night).
  • Again; another time; once more; over again.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (cricket) A set of six legal balls bowled.
  • Any surplus amount of money, goods delivered, etc.
  • * 2008 , G. Puttick, Sandy van Esch, The Principles and Practice of Auditing (page 609)
  • ...standard cash count forms used to record the count and any overs or unders.


    (English prepositions)
  • Physical positioning.
  • # On top of; above; higher than; further up.
  • #* (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) (1807-1882)
  • Over them gleamed far off the crimson banners of morning.
  • #* {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author=(Henry Petroski)
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= The Evolution of Eyeglasses , passage=The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone,
  • # Across or spanning.
  • #* (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • Certain lakespoison birds which fly over them.
  • #* , chapter=3
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.}}
  • #* {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=72-3, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= A punch in the gut , passage=Mostly, the microbiome is beneficial. It helps with digestion and enables people to extract a lot more calories from their food than would otherwise be possible. Research over the past few years, however, has implicated it in diseases from atherosclerosis to asthma to autism.}}
  • # In such a way as to cover.
  • # From one physical position to another via an obstacle that must be traversed vertically, first upwards and then downwards.
  • By comparison.
  • # More than; to a greater degree.
  • # Beyond; past; exceeding; too much or too far.
  • # (label) As compared to.
  • (label) Divided by.
  • Finished with; done with; from one state to another via a hindrance that must be solved or defeated; or via a third state that represents a significant difference from the first two.
  • While]] using, (especially) while [[consume, consuming.
  • * 1990 , (Seymour Chatman), Coming to Terms , , ISBN 0801497361, page 100[]:
  • Six diners in business clothes—five attractive young women and a balding middle-aged man—relax over cigarettes.
  • * 1998 , Marian Swerdlow, Underground Woman , , ISBN 1566396107, page 88 []:
  • Sunday had been my favorite day at Woodlawn. A long W.A.A. [="work as assigned" period], having coffee and croissants with Mark over the Sunday Times .
  • * 2009 , Sara Pennypacker, The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery , , ISBN 9780545207867, page 79:
  • Over meatloaf and mashed potatoes (being careful not to talk with his mouth full), Stanley told about his adventure.
  • Concerning or regarding.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Can China clean up fast enough? , passage=It has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.}}
  • Above, implying superiority after a contest; in spite of; notwithstanding.
  • Usage notes

    When used in the context of "from one location to another", over'' implies that the two places are at approximately the same height or the height difference is not relevant. For example, if two offices are on the same floor of a building, an office worker might say ''I'll bring that over''' for you'', while if the offices were on different floors, the sentence would likely be ''I'll bring that up [down] for you.'' However, distances are not constrained, e.g. ''He came '''over''' from England last year and now lives in Los Angeles'' or ''I moved the stapler '''over to the other side of my desk.


    (en interjection)
  • In radio communications: end of sentence, ready to receive reply.
  • How do you receive? Over !


    * Andrea Tyler and Vyvyan Evans, "The semantic network for over''", in ''The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning and Cognition , Cambridge University Press, 2003, 0-521-81430 8