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clear-cutting

The process of removing all vegetation from a site when harvesting timber, rather than cutting only the marketable trees.Some states require immediate reforestation of clear-cut timber lands.Purchasers of timbered land should be careful to word contracts so as to include the timber.In many states,once an owner signs a contract to sell timber,it ceases to become part of the real estate,is converted to personal property,and is not automatically covered under a sale contract for real property.

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Veiling his clear-cut, lean face in a thin layer of a hard, high cloud, I have seen him, like a wizened robber sheik of the sea, hold up large caravans of ships to the number of three hundred or more at the very gates of the English Channel.
Have clear-cut and handsome features; their eyes are well set and large, though a slight narrowness lends them a crafty appearance.
That was all--there was no clear-cut horizontal line marking the dip of the globe below the line of vision.
The moonlight shone on the white stones, bringing them out in clear-cut relief against the dark trees behind.
Visions came to him, clear-cut and real, and concepts sharp as steel cutting-edges.
By his side walked a woman, tall and slight and dark, with lithe, graceful figure and clear-cut, composed features.
She was of medium height, well formed, and with fine, clear-cut features.
He leaned forward in his chair with an expression of extraordinary concentration upon his clear-cut, hawklike features.
Even the shadows were sharp and stiff and clear-cut, as no proper shadows should be.
Thitherto English prose had seldom attained to thorough conciseness and order; it had generally been more or less formless or involved in sentence structure or pretentious in general manner; but the Restoration writers substantially formed the more logical and clear-cut manner which, generally speaking, has prevailed ever since.
The red tint of his clear-cut face with trim short black whiskers under a cap of curly iron-grey hair was the only warm spot in the dinginess of that room cooled by the cheerless tablecloth.
That a stomach, disordered by decayed elephant flesh, a lion roaring in the jungle, a picture-book, and sleep could have so truly portrayed all the clear-cut details of what he had seemingly experienced was quite beyond his knowledge; yet he knew that Numa could not climb a tree, he knew that there existed in the jungle no such bird as he had seen, and he knew, too, that he could not have fallen a tiny fraction of the distance he had hurtled downward, and lived.