sanitation-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: state of being clean

Commentary: Being clean and free of germs, as a quality of something. Not a process or act of becoming clean.

There's poor sanitation in some parts of the city.
I believe in the importance of cleanliness and sanitation.
Our group promotes urban sanitation.
I'm concerned about the level of sanitation in the supermarket.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: occupation of cleaning

Commentary: Cleaning or making tidy, as an action that is not bounded in time. Often refers to a career or an official organization. Usually a long-term process.

I work at the Department of Sanitation.
John got a job as a "sanitation engineer", or a garbage collector.
I'm going to work in sanitation after I graduate from college.
There's no sanitation in this city!
New technology will allow for the easier sanitation of fish and drinking water.
Water sanitation is one of a local government's most important functions.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: -

Sense Number 3: act of cleaning

Commentary: SANITATION[+event] An act of cleaning that is bounded by time.

The sanitation of the bathroom will occur at noon on Tuesday.
In the next few days, we'll conduct a full sanitation of the vessel.
If you make a mistake during your sanitation of the eating utensils, everyone in the restaurant will get food poisoning.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2