elimination

noun, often attributive
elim·i·na·tion | \i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən \

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

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With England 3-2 down and facing elimination, Pickford leaped to touch the crossbar as Mateus Uribe stepped up, and the Colombian blasted the ball into the bar. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Pickford the hero as England’s penalty curse ends," 3 July 2018 When Bednarek scored, Japan was facing elimination. Pan Pylas, chicagotribune.com, "Japan loses to Poland 1-0 but advances on yellow cards to last 16 of World Cup," 28 June 2018 When Bednarek scored, Japan was facing elimination. Pan Pylas, BostonGlobe.com, "Playing nice gets Japan through to World Cup knockout round," 28 June 2018 GROUP DYNAMICS Croatia has advanced with six points from two matches in Group D, while Argentina has only one point and is facing elimination. Stephen Wade, Houston Chronicle, "Lionel Messi, Argentina beaten at World Cup, Croatia advances," 21 June 2018 GROUP DYNAMICS Croatia has advanced with six points from two matches in Group D, while Argentina has only one point and is facing elimination. Stephen Wade, Fox News, "Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup, Croatia advances," 21 June 2018 Facing elimination, the Warriors still needed to overcome double-digit halftime deficits to win Games 6 and 7 against the Rockets. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "A dynasty secured," 13 June 2018 The Tigers face elimination in the best-of-three series Sunday at noon (ESPN). Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Casey Mize, Detroit Tigers No. 1 pick, shelled by Florida in NCAAs," 9 June 2018 Facing elimination against the team that forced Grossmont into the loser’s bracket from the outset of the baseball postseason, Jack Hyde decided to just have fun. Terry Monahan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Grossmont hitters join in pitcher’s fun for playoff win," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of elimination

1627, in the meaning defined above

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process of elimination

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elimination

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elimination

: the act or process of removing something or someone

elimination

noun
elim·i·na·tion | \i-ˌli-mə-ˈnā-shən \

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 \

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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