dele(redirected from deles)
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to take out or delete
Not to be confused with:
deal – apportion; deliver; distribute playing cards; a bargain: What a deal!
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A sign indicating that something is to be removed from printed or written matter.
tr.v. de·led, de·le·ing, de·les
1. To remove, especially from printed or written matter; delete.
2. To mark with a sign indicating deletion.
[Latin dēlē, second person sing. imperative of dēlēre, to delete.]
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n, pl deles
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a sign (δ) indicating that typeset matter is to be deleted. Compare stet
vb, deles, deleing or deled
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (tr) to mark (matter to be deleted) with a dele
[C18: from Latin: delete (imperative), from dēlēre to destroy, obliterate; see delete]
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v. de•led, de•le•ing,
1. to delete.n.
2. a mark, as ƛ or Ɣ, used to indicate matter to be deleted.
[1695–1705; < Latin dēlē 2nd pers. singular imperative of dēlēre, to destroy]
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Past participle: deled
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