obliterate

Definitions

  • Careful excavation was required to identify the fill of long-obliterated ditches once draining fields and marking property boundaries
    Careful excavation was required to identify the fill of long-obliterated ditches once draining fields and marking property boundaries
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj obliterate reduced to nothingness
    • v obliterate remove completely from recognition or memory "efface the memory of the time in the camps"
    • v obliterate make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing "a hidden message","a veiled threat"
    • v obliterate do away with completely, without leaving a trace
    • v obliterate mark for deletion, rub off, or erase "kill these lines in the President's speech"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Obliterate (Zoöl) Scarcely distinct; -- applied to the markings of insects.
    • Obliterate To erase or blot out; to efface; to render undecipherable, as a writing.
    • Obliterate To wear out; to remove or destroy utterly by any means; to render imperceptible; as, to obliterate ideas; to obliterate the monuments of antiquity. "The harsh and bitter feelings of this or that experience are slowly obliterated ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obliterate To blot or render undecipherable; blot out; erase; efface; remove all traces of.
    • obliterate Synonyms Erase, Expunge, etc. (see efface), rub out, rub off, wipe out, remove.
    • obliterate In entomology, almost effaced; obsolete or very indistinct, as the surface-markings of an insect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Obliterate ob-lit′ėr-āt to blot out, so as not to be readable: to wear out: to destroy: to reduce to a very low state
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Quotations

  • Jean Baudrillard
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    “Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia. Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated.”
  • Edward Gibbon
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    “Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obliteratus, p. p. of obliterare, to obliterate; ob,see Ob-) + litera, littera, letter. See Letter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obliterāre, -ātumob, over, litera, a letter.

Usage

In literature:

She had known torture, but it had been swift, obliterating, excruciating.
"A Modern Chronicle, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Never in after-life could he obliterate the remembrance of that descent.
"The Masquerader" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
He had obliterated the spots on his clothes with red paint, when he ought to have used blue!
"The Stillwater Tragedy" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
This Causidiena noticed at once and set herself to obliterate.
"The Unwilling Vestal" by Edward Lucas White
Everywhere, more or less, electricity has obliterated distinctions of rank and wealth.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
They had been obliterated by artillery.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
Evidently the lumber trust thought it better to have all traces of its previous crime obliterated.
"The Centralia Conspiracy" by Ralph Chaplin
For a few moments the question he had asked himself obliterated everything.
"The Hunted Woman" by James Oliver Curwood
Heavy boulders thrown and rolled over the face of the dead, so as to obliterate all identity!
"The Nest of the Sparrowhawk" by Baroness Orczy
There was no sunset Darker clouds rolled up, obliterating the few stars.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
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In poetry:

What are his needs? Before all, food!
Hot soup, bread, wine, until at last
A sense of human brotherhood
Obliterates his cruel past;
"The Waif" by John Lawson Stoddard
Drink, for you live as through a fog of days
Bound each to each and weighed with mirth and
praise;
Drink, for you die — this cup obliterates
The biting shame to think that life decays.
"Omar Dead" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

Family values get upended (and sometimes obliterated) on four smart shows.
Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo is speaking about the need to obliterate the memories of time lost -- specifically, the two decades he spent in Cuban prisons.
8 Beacrats obliterated Central Oklahoma for a 70-7 win Saturday at Wantland Stadium.
Massive Gas Explosion Obliterates Town House In West Haverstraw .
It obliterated New Jersey's historic boardwalks and wrecked Long Island's power.
Senior military officer is obliterated by way of mortar shell for committing the crime of drinking during the official 100-day mourning period for deceased Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
The death toll from severe storms that obliterated large swaths of land across the South was rising across southern states April 28, 2011.
After a tornado obliterated it Wednesday.
49ers obliterate Bills for second straight lopsided win.
Accept Them or Obliterate Them.
Social networks are obliterating our social and family cliques and replacing them with, well, something else.
This garbage truck just completely obliterated a rogue cone that stood slightly off from his brothers.
There was no low rumble of his name, nor was there a sea of number 47 jerseys obliterating any surrounding team memorabilia.
HISTORICAL homes, shops, hotels and other sites in Luzerne County too often go ignored until after they're obliterated or unsalvageable, a sad commentary on what we collectively consider important and worthy of protecting.
2008 floodwaters obliterated the Eagle Drive Bridge, washing debris ranging from boulders to propane tanks downstream.
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In science:

The case of channels with arbitrary memory sub ject to expected-distortion constraints admits a trivial solution: the adversary “obliterates” X with a fixed, nonzero probability that depends on D2 but not on N , and therefore no reliable communication is possible in the sense of Def. 2.7 below.
Capacity and Random-Coding Exponents for Channel Coding with Side Information
Notice that fourth order corrections to the diagonalizing transformation may cause an obliteration of the Fermi surface discontinuity even for short times.
Real-time evolution for weak interaction quenches in quantum systems
We should note that, Oseledec’s limit will always correspond to λ1 , because an initial random perturbation will always have a component along the most unstable direction, v1 , and because the exponential growth rate the effect of the other exponents will be obliterated over time.
Phase transition in a class of non-linear random networks
If all the intervals B are chosen so as to satisfy these requirements, then all finitely-valued martingales will be obliterated.
How powerful are integer-valued martingales?
Clearly, the ̺ = ΛP D (|Φ+ quantum gain is obliterated by decoherence exponentially fast.
Robust macroscopic quantum correlations without complex encodings
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