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Clear"ance (-ans), n.
1. The act of clearing; as, to make a
2. A certificate that a ship or vessel
has been cleared at the customhouse; permission to
Every ship was subject to seizure for want of
3. Clear or net profit.
4. (Mach.) The distance by which
one object clears another, as the distance between the piston and
cylinder head at the end of a stroke in a steam engine, or the
least distance between the point of a cogwheel tooth and the
bottom of a space between teeth of a wheel with which it
Clearance space (Steam engine),
the space inclosed in one end of the cylinder, between the
valve or valves and the piston, at the beginning of a stroke;
waste room. It includes the space caused by the piston's
clearance and the space in ports, passageways, etc. Its volume is
often expressed as a certain proportion of the volume swept by
the piston in a single stroke.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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