noun, often attributive
elim·​i·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio) \

Definition of elimination

: 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 The tournament will return to single elimination play on Saturday. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "SEC baseball tournament tickets to go on sale for Hoover Met, reduced capacity announced," 12 May 2021 Tuesday's results show marked the biggest elimination so far, with the field of 17 cut nearly in half after the contestants gave it their all Monday night with their first live performances of the season. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'The Voice': Kelly Clarkson has a leg up after half the contestants are eliminated," 12 May 2021 These examples show how outbreaks can be reined in without reaching the incredible milestones of elimination, eradication or herd immunity. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "The differences between elimination, eradication and herd immunity -- and what it means for Covid-19," 12 May 2021 Contestants faced a brutal elimination during the results show, which saw the field of 17 sliced almost in half. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "'The Voice' Final 9 Is Revealed Following Brutal Elimination Round," 11 May 2021 Very often, the next step up the corporate ladder can be a precarious one that's more prone to being dissolved by consolidation or elimination when companies are forced to tighten their belts. Philip Samson, Forbes, "How To Build Career Resiliency," 10 May 2021 One day after being eliminated, the Stars will play their penultimate game of the season on Sunday night in Chicago, the team’s first meaningless game since a California swing after elimination in April 2018. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "With their playoff chase officially over, Stars to rest Tyler Seguin, Roope Hintz in season’s final two games," 9 May 2021 Such was the case with the Heat’s Game 5 elimination from the first round of the 2010 playoffs at TD Garden. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Heat-Celtics a rivalry with meaning, mouthiness, melodrama | Commentary," 8 May 2021 The ski team was able to raise enough money to earn reinstatement; the hockey team and gymnastics team are still trying to meet their fundraising goals to stave off elimination. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "After a year off, Turnagain Arm Trail Run returns with a fast course and no bear scares," 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of elimination

1627, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2021

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“Elimination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elimination. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of elimination

: the act or process of removing something or someone


elim·​i·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio) \

Kids Definition of elimination

1 : the act or process of excluding or getting rid of
2 : a getting rid of waste from the body


elim·​i·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌlim-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce elimination (audio) \

Medical Definition of elimination

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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