from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cross out with lines or other markings. See Synonyms at erase.
- transitive v. To annul or invalidate.
- transitive v. To mark or perforate (a postage stamp or check, for example) to indicate that it may not be used again.
- transitive v. To equalize or make up for; offset: Today's decline in stock price canceled out yesterday's gain.
- transitive v. Mathematics To remove (a common factor) from the numerator and denominator of a fractional expression.
- transitive v. Mathematics To remove (a common factor or term) from both sides of an equation or inequality.
- transitive v. Printing To omit or delete.
- intransitive v. To neutralize one another; counterbalance: two opposing forces that canceled out.
- n. The act or an instance of canceling; a cancellation.
- n. Printing Deletion of typed or printed matter.
- n. Printing The matter deleted.
- n. Printing A replacement for deleted matter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cross out something with lines etc.
- v. To invalidate or annul something.
- v. To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused.
- v. To offset or equalize something.
- v. (mathematics) To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.
- v. (media) To stop production of a programme.
- n. A cancellation (US); (nonstandard in some kinds of English).
- n. An inclosure; a boundary; a limit.
- n. The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To inclose or surround, as with a railing, or with latticework.
- intransitive v. To shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to exclude.
- intransitive v. To cross and deface, as the lines of a writing, or as a word or figure; to mark out by a cross line; to blot out or obliterate.
- intransitive v. To annul or destroy; to revoke or recall.
- intransitive v. To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type.
- n. An inclosure; a boundary; a limit.
- n. The suppression or striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.
- n. The part thus suppressed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Latticework, or one of the cross-bars in latticework; a latticework or grated inclosure; hence, a barrier; a limit.
- n. [⟨ cancel, v.] In printing, a page, sheet, or other part of a printed work suppressed and destroyed before publication; the act of rejecting a part of a printed work.
- n. [⟨ cancel, v.] In music, the sign ♯, when used to nullify the effect of a sharp or a flat previously occurring either in the signature or as an accidental.
- To inclose with latticework or a railing.
- To draw lines across (something written) so as to deface; blot out or obliterate: as, to cancel several lines in a manuscript.
- To annul or destroy; make void; set aside: as, to cancel a debt or an engagement.
- In mathematics, to strike out or eliminate, as a number or quantity constituting a common factor in a dividend and divisor or the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or a common term in the two members of an equation.
- In printing, to strike out, reject, or throw aside, as some portion of a printed work.
- In music, to suspend the power of (a sharp or a flat) by inserting the sign ♯.
- Repeal, Rescind, etc. See abolish.
- To become obliterated or void.
- n. An order canceling or countermanding a previous order.
- In printing, to mark on copy or proof (words or lines that are to be omitted).
- In bookbinding, to destroy (a leaf or section that is to be entirely suppressed).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove or make invisible
- v. postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled
- n. a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat
- v. make invalid for use
- v. make up for
- v. declare null and void; make ineffective
Middle English cancellen, from Old French canceller, from Latin cancellāre, to cross out, from cancellus, lattice, diminutive of cancer, lattice.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cancelli ("a railing or lattice"), diminutive of cancer ("a lattice"). (Wiktionary)