Definitions for: Cancel


[n] a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat
[v] of cheques or tickets
[v] remove or make invisible; "Please delete my name from your list"
[v] declare null and void; make ineffective; "Cancel the election results"; "strike down a law"
[v] postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled; "Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party"
[v] make up for; "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"



Webster (1913) Definition: Can"cel, v. i. [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.


Can"cel, n. [See Cancel, v. i., 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.

Synonyms: call off, delete, invalidate, natural, offset, set off, strike down

See Also: adjudge, annul, avoid, balance, break, counteract, counterbalance, countermand, countervail, declare, efface, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize, erase, excise, expunge, hold, invalidate, lift, mark, musical notation, neutralize, nullify, overturn, quash, recall, remit, remove, repeal, rescind, reverse, revoke, rub out, schedule, score, score out, strike, take, take away, vacate, void, wipe off, withdraw, write off

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