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

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The Brigade lost to Philadelphia in four of their five meetings last season, including in their single-elimination semifinal matchup, but the playing field has been leveled in 2018. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "No. 2 seed Brigade open Arena Football League semifinal series at Philadelphia," 13 July 2018 With a win over the Jazz, would continue on in the single-elimination tournament with a game Saturday night in Las Vegas. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic will hold Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac out from Thursday's game," 13 July 2018 Two would advance to a single-elimination, 32-team knockout phase, allowing the finalists still to play seven total games and the tournament to be staged over the same 32 days. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The World Cup works fine with 32 teams, but FIFA is about to ruin it," 13 July 2018 Needing two more wins to claim the title, Poway National (4-2) suffered its second loss of the double-elimination tournament to Encinitas National 9-5 last Saturday at Escondido’s Jesmond Dene Park. Terry Monahan, Pomerado News, "Poway comes close to Little League district title," 12 July 2018 Reggie Upshaw had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead the Clippers to an 89-74 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas to advance in the single-elimination NBA Summer League tournament. Broderick Turner, latimes.com, "Clippers beat Wizards to advance to Summer League showdown with Lakers," 12 July 2018 The Hornets are guaranteed at least two more games in the elimination tournament that concludes that event. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "New injury diagnosis for Hornets' Malik Monk. Still chance for him in Summer League?," 10 July 2018 The Bucks will now head into tournament play, a single-elimination tournament that begins on Wednesday. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sterling Brown scores 27 points but Bucks fall to Nuggets," 9 July 2018 Manager Richard Gatlin’s crew will compete in the seven-team, double elimination tournament at Pasadena’s Strawberry Park where all the action will take place. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Mustang all-stars open Coast Region play against Vidor squad," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of elimination

1627, in the meaning defined above

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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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