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

  • n. A sign indicating that something is to be removed from printed or written matter.
  • transitive v. To remove, especially from printed or written matter; delete.
  • transitive v. To mark with a sign indicating deletion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to delete
  • n. a sign signifying deletion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Erase; remove; -- a direction to cancel something which has been put in type; usually expressed by a peculiar form of d, thus: �.
  • transitive v. To erase; to cancel; to delete; to mark for omission.
  • transitive v. To deal; to divide; to distribute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Middle English form of deal.
  • Take out; remove: a word used in proof-reading as a direction to printers to remove a superfluous letter or word, and usually expressed by its initial letter in the distinctive script form , or some variation of it.
  • n. An obsolete form of dell.


Latin dēlē, second person sing. imperative of dēlēre, to delete.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dēlē, second person singular imperative of dēleo ("delete"). (Wiktionary)



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