elimination

noun

elim·​i·​na·​tion i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio)
often attributive
: the act, process, or an instance of eliminating or discharging: such as
a
: the act of discharging or excreting waste products from the body
b
: the removal from a molecule of the constituents of a simpler molecule
ethylene is formed by the elimination of water from ethanol
compare addition sense 4

Examples of elimination in a Sentence

the elimination of waste products from the body
Recent Examples on the Web As a result, even though this episode was originally supposed to be a double elimination, Poodle Moth will move on to the finals as well. Michael Schneider, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 To reach this point, the Wolfpack has had to win seven games in a row, all of them elimination games, in which a loss would have ended their season. Becky Sullivan, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 But, as the team’s last two postseason eliminations epitomized, consistency will be needed out of the bottom half as well — from Muncy (both with the bat and glove), offseason signing Teoscar Hernández and younger, everyday options such as Lux and James Outman. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Madina particularly took issue with Lea, 23, getting mad at her for being nice to Maria, 29, after Sydney Gordon’s elimination. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024 The elimination of the pandemic dollars will have varying effects on schools. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 TikTok’s elimination in the States could potentially drive more usage to streaming or traditional TV. Todd Spangler, Variety, 18 Mar. 2024 The elimination of these precious carbon sinks released titanic amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, unleashing an environmental catastrophe. Patricia Cohen Jes Aznar, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Quickfires will carry cash prizes, and elimination challenges will confer immunity. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, 11 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1627, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elimination was in 1627

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Cite this Entry

“Elimination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elimination. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

elimination

noun
elim·​i·​na·​tion i-ˌlim-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio)
: the act or process of eliminating or emptying: as
a
: the act of excreting or emptying waste products from the body
b
: the act or process of excluding from a match, game, or contest the losers of any round or heat

Medical Definition

elimination

noun
elim·​i·​na·​tion i-ˌlim-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio)
1
: the act of discharging or excreting waste products or foreign substances from the body
2
eliminations plural : bodily discharges including urine, feces, and vomit
3
: the removal from a molecule of the constituents of a simpler molecule
ethylene is formed by the elimination of water from ethanol
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