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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