• WordNet 3.6
    • v cancel make invalid for use "cancel cheques or tickets"
    • v cancel remove or make invisible "Please delete my name from your list"
    • v cancel declare null and void; make ineffective "Cancel the election results","strike down a law"
    • v cancel postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled "Call off the engagement","cancel the dinner party","we had to scrub our vacation plans","scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"
    • v cancel make up for "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"
    • n cancel a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1819, the USA purchased Florida from Spain for the cancellation of a $5 million debt
    • Cancel An inclosure; a boundary; a limit. "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."
    • Cancel (Print) The part thus suppressed.
    • Cancel (Print) The suppression or striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.
    • Cancel To annul or destroy; to revoke or recall. "The indentures were canceled .""He was unwilling to cancel the interest created through former secret services, by being refractory on this occasion."
    • Cancel 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."
    • Cancel To inclose or surround, as with a railing, or with latticework. "A little obscure place canceled in with iron work is the pillar or stump at which . . . our Savior was scourged."
    • Cancel To shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to exclude. "Canceled from heaven."
    • Cancel (Print) To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Canada declared national beauty contests canceled as of 1992, claiming they were degrading to women.
    • n cancel Latticework, or one of the cross-bars in latticework; a latticework or grated inclosure; hence, a barrier; a limit.
    • n cancel [⟨ cancel, v.] In printing, a page, sheet, or other part of a printed work suppressed and destroyed before publication; the act of rejecting a part of a printed work. The cancel ordered on the discovery of a fault in unpublished printed matter is usually followed by correct reprinting; but a cancel is sometimes made without reprinting.
    • n cancel [⟨ cancel, v.] In music, the sign ♯, when used to nullify the effect of a sharp or a flat previously occurring either in the signature or as an accidental.
    • cancel To inclose with latticework or a railing.
    • cancel To draw lines across (something written) so as to deface; blot out or obliterate: as, to cancel several lines in a manuscript.
    • cancel To annul or destroy; make void; set aside: as, to cancel a debt or an engagement.
    • cancel In mathematics, to strike out or eliminate, as a number or quantity constituting a common factor in a dividend and divisor or the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or a common term in the two members of an equation.
    • cancel In printing, to strike out, reject, or throw aside, as some portion of a printed work.
    • cancel In music, to suspend the power of (a sharp or a flat) by inserting the sign ♯. Synonyms Erase, Expunge, etc. (see efface), strike out; destroy, scratch out, rub out, wipe out.
    • cancel Repeal, Rescind, etc. See abolish.
    • cancel To become obliterated or void.
    • n cancel An order canceling or countermanding a previous order.
    • cancel In printing, to mark on copy or proof (words or lines that are to be omitted).
    • cancel In bookbinding, to destroy (a leaf or section that is to be entirely suppressed).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cancel kan′sel to erase or blot out by crossing with lines: to annul or suppress, as a printed page, &c.: to obliterate: to frustrate: to counterbalance or compensate for: to remove equivalent quantities on opposite sides of an equation
    • pr.p Cancel can′celling; pa.p. can′celled
    • n Cancel the suppression of a printed page or sheet, the page so cancelled, or the new one substituted
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  • Winston Churchill
    “We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.”
  • Howard Hughes
    Howard Hughes
    “Once you consent to some concession, you can never cancel it and put things back the way they are.”
  • Arthur Ashe
    Arthur Ashe
    “Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.”
  • Edwin C. Bliss
    Edwin C. Bliss
    “Yesterday is a canceled check: Forget it. Tomorrow is a promissory note: Don't count on it. Today is ready cash: Use it!”
  • Kay Lyons
    Kay Lyons
    “Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have; so spend it wisely.”
  • Hank Stram
    Hank Stram
    “Yesterday is a cancelled check. Today is cash on the line. Tomorrow is a promissory note.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

That cancels any little obligation which may have existed.
"Winston of the Prairie" by Harold Bindloss
Detected two gross blunders though, which I have ordered for cancel.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
He had remained in London throughout October and November, cancelling all his engagements because she was there.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
There is a high breathlessness about beauty that cancels lust and superstition.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
All ballots thus returned are either immediately burned or else cancelled and preserved by the clerk.
"Elements of Civil Government" by Alexander L. Peterman
In other words, Irish revenue for 1910-11 was over-estimated in the Return now cancelled by L159,000.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
All the honours and wealth that China has heaped on her trusted adviser are far from being sufficient to cancel her obligations.
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin
The day before his death we received a letter canceling these instructions.
"Famous Modern Ghost Stories" by Various
Naboth's title to his vineyard must be cancelled.
"A Century of Wrong" by F. W. Reitz
She had cancelled the will which she had made in Swift's favor, and left it in charge to her executors to publish their correspondence.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee

In poetry:

Cy. If once they be conjoyn'd in Hymens rites,
Then all our toyle's ridiculous and vaine;
For Hymens obligations are (we see)
Seldome by any cancell'd, but by death.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act II" by Ralph Knevet
But the making of magistrates now all the rage is,
And every flockmaster's a justice of peace;
They find it so easy to cancel the wages,
The law is their own and they rob whom they please.
"Paddy's Letter, 1857" by Anonymous Oceania
AT length, from dread alarms and tears released,
The pair fulfilled the will of our deceased;
Discharged each favour was, of which the last
Was cancelled just as they the frontiers passed.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine
Peace, then, ye blasphemers of Liberty's name!
Though red was the blood by your forefathers spilt,
Still redder your cheeks should be mantled with shame,
Till the spirit of freedom shall cancel the guilt.
"Jefferson's Daughter" by Anonymous Americas
When he was come, as travellers are wont,
He did repair unto an inne.
Both then, and after, many a brunt He did endure to cancell sinne:
And having giv'n the rest before,
Here he gave up his life to pay our score.
"The Bag" by George Herbert
Still o'er this mind surcharg'd with woe,
The fever'd gale of Thought shall blow ;
'Till death's cold hand shall chill its rage,
And cancel Mem'ry's blotted page ;
Then o'er the green-turf where I lie,
Summer may pour her lustrous eye.
"Stanzas" by Laura Sophia Temple

In news:

A police officer in Grozny watches cars with Chechen flags as local residents celebrate the cancellation of the counterterrorism regime in Chechnya on Thursday.
Natural gas is cheap as ever, so why is Avista trying to raise rates and cancel rebates.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner's chest pain led a UNC-Chapel Hill student theater group to cancel its performance of Cabaret this weekend.
Illinois' Child Welfare Agency Cancels Layoffs.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is canceling plans to lay off 375 employees.
Recently, recess has been canceled in many schools.
SURPRISE – Despite the cancelation of the event that originally would have brought her to the Valley, Dr Orly Taitz, Esq.
As a result, it's no longer newspapers or blogs breaking news of series orders or cancellations.
After a hectic touring schedule, Nicki Minaj canceled her weekend UK concerts at the V Festival in England so she can rest her vocal cords.
Nicki Minaj Cancels V Fest Appearance Because of Strained Vocal Chords .
Legendary Canadian crooner Celine Dion has been ordered to cancel the next four months of her Las Vegas residency after coming down with a nasty virus that weakened her vocal chords and caused them to become inflamed.
CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Community Improvement District has canceled Wednesday's groundbreaking for a two-mile addition to the Bob Callan Trail after bids came in $409,000 over budget.
CID Chairman Tad Leithead announced the cancellation at Thursday's board meeting.
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps cancels muster, announces dissolution.
Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club's Community Clambake canceled for Saturday: Olmsted Dates and Data.

In science:

And the same cancellation of the parity invariant terms will occur.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
We proved that the remarkable properties of cancellation which occur in the generalised Einstein equations of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation can be connected to the homogeneity properties of the action density with respect to the non-Riemannian part of the connection.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
This means that the cancellation can be obtained only for part of the action.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
Bandpass correction was applied only to the I data sets since bandpass effects cancel to first order in the V data.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
These are 1) Faraday depolarization within the masing region and 2) curvature of the magnetic field lines within the masing region causing cancellation within the beam (i.e.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA