Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To get rid of; remove: an effort to eliminate homelessness; eliminated his enemies.
  • transitive v. To leave out or omit from consideration; reject.
  • transitive v. To remove from consideration by defeating, as in a contest.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To remove (an unknown quantity) by combining equations.
  • transitive v. Physiology To excrete (bodily wastes).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To completely destroy (something) so that it no longer exists.
  • v. To kill (a person or animal).
  • v. To excrete (waste products).
  • v. To exclude (from investigation or from further competition).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To put out of doors; to expel; to discharge; to release; to set at liberty.
  • transitive v. To cause to disappear from an equation.
  • transitive v. To set aside as unimportant in a process of inductive inquiry; to leave out of consideration.
  • transitive v. To obtain by separating, as from foreign matters; to deduce.
  • transitive v. To separate; to expel from the system; to excrete

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go beyond the limit or limits of.
  • To thrust out; remove, throw aside, or disregard as injurious, superfluous, irrelevant, or for any reason undesirable or unnecessary; expel; get rid of.
  • In mathematics, to remove (a quantity) from a system of equations by the reduction of the number of equations.

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

  • v. remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations
  • v. do away with
  • v. terminate, end, or take out
  • v. kill in large numbers
  • v. dismiss from consideration or a contest
  • v. eliminate from the body
  • v. remove from a contest or race

Etymologies

Latin ēlīmināre, ēlīmināt-, to banish : ē-, ex-, ex- + līmen, līmin-, threshold.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare ("to turn out of doors, banish"), from e ("out") + limen ("a threshold"), akin to limes ("a boundary"); see limit. (Wiktionary)

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