clear-cut

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clear-cut

1. adjective Easily understandable and unquestionable; free of doubt. I know you're unhappy about it, but grandma's will was clear-cut—all of her money goes to Elise. There is no one clear-cut path to success.
2. verb To cut down all the trees in a particular forested tract. The environmental group is attempting to stop the logging company from clear-cutting a vast swath of forest.
3. adjective Describing a forested tract that has been cut in such a way. The clear-cut tract looks like an alien landscape with its acres of stumps.
References in classic literature ?
Their features were clear cut and handsome in the extreme; their eyes were well set and large, though a slight narrowness lent them a crafty appearance; the iris, as well as I could determine by moonlight, was of extreme blackness, while the eyeball itself was quite white and clear.
Robert Adams's photographs of clear cuts and the Office of Soft Architecture's essay on Rubus armeniacus (the blackberry bush) reminded me that it was somehow easier to understand where I was, geographically speaking, when I was living in Portland.
Additional assaults to communities near OSB clear cuts include adverse health effects from applications of toxic herbicides and fertilizers used in replacement plantations.
All of these values are destroyed when a forest is clear cut.