from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To do away with completely so as to leave no trace. See Synonyms at abolish.
- transitive v. To wipe out, rub off, or erase (writing or other markings).
- transitive v. Medicine To remove completely (a body organ or part), as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove completely, leaving no trace; to wipe out; to destroy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To erase or blot out; to efface; to render undecipherable, as a writing.
- transitive v. To wear out; to remove or destroy utterly by any means; to render imperceptible.
- adj. Scarcely distinct; -- applied to the markings of insects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To blot or render undecipherable; blot out; erase; efface; remove all traces of.
- Synonyms Erase, Expunge, etc. (see efface), rub out, rub off, wipe out, remove.
- In entomology, almost effaced; obsolete or very indistinct, as the surface-markings of an insect.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. reduced to nothingness
- v. mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
- v. remove completely from recognition or memory
- v. make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
- v. do away with completely, without leaving a trace
Latin oblitterāre, oblitterāt-, to erase, from ob litterās (scrībere), (to write) over letters (ob, over; see ob- + litterās, accusative pl. of littera, letter) and from oblītus, past participle of oblīvīscī, to forget; see oblivion.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin oblitterātus, perfect passive participle of oblitterō ("blot out"), from oblinō ("smear over"). (Wiktionary)