elimination

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 Danny/Kyra, Derek/Sarah, and David/Justine are battling it out to see who goes straight into elimination. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 28 July 2022 Biogen reported only $100,000 in sales of Aduhelm in the second quarter, despite citing $100 million in costs over that same time relating to its commercialization and subsequent elimination of its sales infrastructure for the drug. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 Sunak won all four rounds of elimination votes by lawmakers, but is less popular with the party's grassroots, partly because of his previous job as Britain's chief taxman. Jill Lawless, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 Sunak won all four rounds of elimination votes by lawmakers, but is less popular with the party’s grassroots, partly because of his previous job as Britain’s chief taxman. Jill Lawless, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 Sunak won all four rounds of elimination votes by lawmakers, but is less popular with the party’s grassroots, partly because of his previous job as Britain’s chief taxman. Jill Lawless, Anchorage Daily News, 20 July 2022 Double elimination bracket play started on Tuesday and will run through Saturday, when the championship games will be played at Footprint Center. Chloe Peterson, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2022 The main part of the analysis is elimination: what can weigh nine solar masses, and not emit any light? Katie Hunt, CNN, 18 July 2022 Heartbreak Island sees contestants pairing up, facing challenges, and choosing to 'stay' or 'stray' from their partners — all in the hopes of avoiding elimination. Maggie Zhou, refinery29.com, 11 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of elimination

1627, in the meaning defined above

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“Elimination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elimination. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for elimination

elimination

noun
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

elimination

noun
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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