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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Delete  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  delete 
  v  1:  remove  or  make  invisible;  "Please  delete  my  name  from  your 
  list"  [syn:  {cancel}] 
  2:  wipe  out  magnetically  recorded  information  [syn:  {erase}] 
  [ant:  {record}] 
  3:  edit,  delete,  or  revise;  of  books,  etc  [syn:  {blue-pencil}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  delete 
 
  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. 
 
  (1996-12-01) 
 
 




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