deletion

noun
de·​le·​tion | \ di-ˈlē-shən How to pronounce deletion (audio) , dē-\

Definition of deletion

1 : the act of deleting
2a : something deleted
b(1) : the absence of a section of genetic material from a gene or chromosome
(2) : the mutational process that results in a deletion

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Synonyms for deletion

Synonyms

elision, omission

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Examples of deletion in a Sentence

one of the deletions from the final cut of the movie turned out to be my one line of dialogue

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Last month, in Flickr’s most recent update, the photo storage site announced that any files uploaded beyond the 1,000-item threshold for free accounts risked deletion. Hamza Shaban, The Seattle Times, "Loss of old Myspace artifacts highlights the impermanence of the web," 24 Mar. 2019 But email folders make sense now, and my apps are all updated, save for a few deletions (my sincere apologies to HQ and Pokémon GO). Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "How I KonMari’d My Inbox (and My Desktop, and My Phone)," 28 Jan. 2019 To be fair, while the October 2018 Update's file-deletion fiasco is still fresh in our memory, most Windows 10 upgrades run reasonably smoothly. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Sophos, Avast warn of Windows machines failing to boot after latest Microsoft patch," 15 Apr. 2019 There’s an argument to be made that Microsoft was overdue for a period of bug fixing and polishing after the fiasco known as the October 2018 Update, which suffered a false start and hasty pullback after reports of data deletion, later confirmed. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's April 2019 Update should be as straightforward as its name," 25 Jan. 2019 Travis' weird actions didn't end with the deletion of his Instagram, however. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About the Alleged Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner Cheating Scandal," 4 Mar. 2019 Tweet deletion is no longer a matter of curation, but a necessity. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The year of deleted tweets," 27 Dec. 2018 Twitter curiously doesn’t offer the option to purge your timeline, but services like TweetDelete, TwitWipe, and TweetEraser offered freedom from Twitter mobs through mass deletion. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The year of deleted tweets," 27 Dec. 2018 Before you do a phone cleanse, open the app and find that account-deletion option. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Don’t Be Haunted by Digital Ghosts: Delete Your Old Accounts," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of deletion

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deletion

Latin deletion-, deletio destruction, from delēre

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deletion

noun
de·​le·​tion | \ di-ˈlē-shən How to pronounce deletion (audio) \

Kids Definition of deletion

1 : an act of taking out The deletion of the file was a mistake.
2 : something taken out

deletion

noun
de·​le·​tion | \ di-ˈlē-shən How to pronounce deletion (audio) \

Medical Definition of deletion

1 : the absence of a section of genetic material from a gene or chromosome
2 : the mutational process that results in a deletion

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