A clearing is an area that's open, with no trees, especially one in the middle of the woods or that's been cleared for planting. A clearing at the edge of the forest is a nice place to build a cabin.

The noun clearing is a good way to describe an open place in the midst of dense growth, like a field or a glade in a forest. Some clearings are created deliberately for cultivating crops or building houses, while others come naturally from fires or droughts. This word first appeared in American English around 1818.

Definitions of clearing
  1. noun
    a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area
    synonyms: glade
  2. noun
    the act of freeing from suspicion
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    purgation, purge, purging
    the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
    exoneration, vindication
    the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc.
    a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
    the act of purging of sin or guilt; moral or spiritual cleansing
    the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning
    vindication of a person's character and the re-establishment of that person's reputation
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    freeing, liberation, release
    the act of liberating someone or something
  3. noun
    the act of removing solid particles from a liquid
    synonyms: clarification
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    the act of improving something
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