from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The deletion of some text during editing.
  • n. The removal of a tumor, etc., by cutting.
  • n. The removal of a gene from a section of genetic material.
  • n. The fact that, under certain hypotheses, the homology of a space relative to a subspace is unchanged by the identification of a subspace of the latter to a point.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of excising or cutting out or off; extirpation; destruction.
  • n. The act of cutting off from the church; excommunication.
  • n. The removal, especially of small parts, with a cutting instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of cutting off, out, or away, as a part (especially a small diseased part) of the body by a surgical operation, the tap-roots or other parts of a tree, etc.
  • n. A cutting off from intercourse or union; a setting aside or shutting out; exclusion; excommunication.
  • n. Extirpation; total destruction.

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

  • n. surgical removal of a body part or tissue
  • n. the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence
  • n. the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage
  • n. the act of banishing a member of a church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the church; cutting a person off from a religious society


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