1. [ noun ] (writing) the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage
Synonyms: excision cut

"an editor's deletions frequently upset young authors" "both parties agreed on the excision of the proposed clause"

Related terms: editing strike
2. [ noun ] (linguistics) any process whereby sounds are left out of spoken words or phrases
Synonyms: omission
Related terms: linguistic_process ellipsis aphesis elision aphaeresis
3. [ noun ] the act of deleting something written or printed
Related terms: removal bowdlerization censoring expunction blue-pencil