|1.||[ noun ] (writing) the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage|
"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|
|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|