from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of deleting; removal by striking out.
  • n. Material, such as a word or passage, that has been removed from a body of written or printed matter.
  • n. Genetics The loss, as through mutation, of one or more nucleotides from a chromosome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An item that has been or will be deleted.
  • n. The act of deleting.
  • n. A mutation in which a gene, or other section of DNA, is removed from a chromosome

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of deleting, blotting out, or erasing; destruction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of deleting, blotting out, or erasing.
  • n. An erasure; a word or passage deleted.
  • n. A blotting out, as of an object; obliteration; suppression; extinction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (genetics) the loss or absence of one or more nucleotides from a chromosome
  • n. the act of deleting something written or printed
  • n. the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage
  • n. any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases


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