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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Delete \De*lete"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deleted; p. pr. & vb.
n. Deleting.] [L. deletus, p. p. of delere to destroy. Cf.
To blot out; to erase; to expunge; to dele; to omit.
I have, therefore, . . . inserted eleven stanzas which
do not appear in Sir Walter Scott's version, and have
deleted eight. --Aytoun.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
v 1: remove or make invisible; "Please delete my name from your
list" [syn: delete, cancel]
2: wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information; "Who
erased the files form my hard disk?" [syn: erase, delete]
[ant: record, tape]
3: cut or eliminate; "she edited the juiciest scenes" [syn:
edit, blue-pencil, delete]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
105 Moby Thesaurus words for "delete":
KO, abbreviate, abridge, abrupt, alienate, annul, black out, blot,
blot out, blue-pencil, bowdlerize, call off, cancel, cast off,
cast out, censor, complete, cross out, cut, cut adrift, cut off,
cut out, dele, depart, disarticulate, disconnect, disengage,
disjoin, disjoint, dispose of, dissociate, disunite, divide,
divorce, drop the curtain, edit, edit out, efface, eject,
eliminate, end off, eradicate, erase, estrange, exclude, expel,
expunge, expurgate, extinguish, finalize, finish, fold up,
get it over, get over with, get through with, give the quietus,
isolate, kayo, kibosh, kill, knock out, leave, obliterate, omit,
part, perfect, polish off, pull away, pull back, pull out,
put paid to, raze, remove, rescind, rub out, rule out, scrag,
scratch, scratch out, segregate, separate, sequester, set apart,
set aside, shoot down, shut off, split, sponge, sponge out,
stand aloof, stand apart, stand aside, step aside, strike,
strike off, strike out, subtract, throw off, throw out, uncouple,
unyoke, void, wipe out, withdraw, zap
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :
1. (Or "erase") To make a file
Usually this operation only deletes information from the
tables the file system uses to locate named files; the
file's contents still exist on disk and can sometimes be
recovered by scanning the whole disk for strings which are
known to have been in the file. Files created subsequently on
the same disk are quite likely to reuse the same blocks and
thus overwrite the deleted file's data permanently.
2. The control character with ASCII code 127.
Usually entering this character from the keyboard deletes the
last character typed from the input buffer. Sadly there is
great confusion between operating systems and keyboard
manufacturers as to whether this function should be assigned
to the delete or backspace key/character.
The choice of code 127 (binary 1111111) is not arbitrary but
dates back to the use of paper tape for input. The delete
key rewound the tape by one character and punched out all
seven holes, thus obliterating whatever character was there
before. The tape reading software ignored any delete
characters in the input.
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