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Meaning of DELETE

Pronunciation:  di'leet

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  wipe out magnetically recorded information
  2. [v]  edit, delete, or revise; of books, etc.
  3. [v]  remove or make invisible; "Please delete my name from your list"

DELETE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: blue-pencil, cancel, erase
 Antonyms: record, tape
 See Also: demagnetise, demagnetize, edit, efface, erase, excise, expunge, redact, remove, rub out, score out, strike, take, take away, take away, take out, wipe off, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*lete"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deleted}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Deleting}.] [L. deletus, p. p. of delere to destroy. Cf.
1st {Dele}.]
To blot out; to erase; to expunge; to dele; to omit.

      I have, therefore, . . . inserted eleven stanzas which
      do not appear in Sir Walter Scott's version, and have
      deleted eight.                           --Aytoun.

Computing Dictionary

1. (Or "erase") To make a file inaccessible.

Usually this operation only deletes information from the tables the file system uses to locate named files; the file's contents still exist on disk and can sometimes be recovered by scanning the whole disk for strings which are known to have been in the file. Files created subsequently on the same disk are quite likely to reuse the same blocks and thus overwrite the deleted file's data permanently.

2. The control character with ascii code 127. Usually entering this character from the keyboard deletes the last character typed from the input buffer. Sadly there is great confusion between operating systems and keyboard manufacturers as to whether this function should be assigned to the delete or backspace key/character.

The choice of code 127 (binary 1111111) is not arbitrary but dates back to the use of paper tape for input. The delete key rewound the tape by one character and punched out all seven holes, thus obliterating whatever character was there before. The tape reading software ignored any delete characters in the input.

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