Cancel

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cancel \Can"cel\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Canceled} or {Cancelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Canceling} or {Cancelling}.] [L. cancellare to make like a lattice, to strike or cross out (cf. Fr. canceller, OF. canceler) fr. cancelli lattice, crossbars, dim. of cancer lattice; cf. Gr. ? latticed gate. Cf. {Chancel}.]

1. To inclose or surround, as with a railing, or with latticework. [Obs.]

A little obscure place canceled in with iron work is the pillar or stump at which . . . our Savior was scourged. --Evelyn.

2. To shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to exclude. [Obs.] "Canceled from heaven." --Milton.

3. To cross and deface, as the lines of a writing, or as a word or figure; to mark out by a cross line; to blot out or obliterate.

A deed may be avoided by delivering it up to be cancelled; that is, to have lines drawn over it in the form of latticework or cancelli; though the phrase is now used figuratively for any manner of obliterating or defacing it. --Blackstone.

4. To annul or destroy; to revoke or recall.

The indentures were canceled. --Thackeray.

He was unwilling to cancel the interest created through former secret services, by being refractory on this occasion. --Sir W. Scott.

5. (Print.) To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type.

{Canceled figures} (Print), figures cast with a line across the face., as for use in arithmetics.

Syn: To blot out; obliterate; deface; erase; efface; expunge; annul; abolish; revoke; abrogate; repeal; destroy; do away; set aside. See {Abolish}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cancel \Can"cel\, noun [See {Cancel}, verb (used without an object), and cf. {Chancel}.]

1. An inclosure; a boundary; a limit. [Obs.]

A prison is but a retirement, and opportunity of serious thoughts, to a person whose spirit . . . desires no enlargement beyond the cancels of the body. --Jer. Taylor.

2. (Print) (a) The suppression or striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages. (b) The part thus suppressed.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cancel

noun

1: a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat [syn: {natural}, {cancel}]

verb

1: postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled; "Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party"; "we had to scrub our vacation plans"; "scratch that meeting--the chair is ill" [syn: {cancel}, {call off}, {scratch}, {scrub}]

2: make up for; "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength" [syn: {cancel}, {offset}, {set off}]

3: declare null and void; make ineffective; "Cancel the election results"; "strike down a law" [syn: {cancel}, {strike down}]

4: remove or make invisible; "Please delete my name from your list" [syn: {delete}, {cancel}]

5: make invalid for use; "cancel cheques or tickets" [syn: {cancel}, {invalidate}]


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