Can·cel v. i. [imp. & p. p. Canceled or Cancelled p. pr. & vb. n. Canceling or Cancelling.]
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.”
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.
adj : (of events) no longer planned or scheduled; "the wedding is
definitely off" [syn: off] [ant: on]
n : a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat [syn: natural]
v 1: postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled;
"Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party"
[syn: call off]
2: make up for; "His skills offset his opponent's superior
strength" [syn: offset, set off]
3: declare null and void; make ineffective; "Cancel the
election results"; "strike down a law" [syn: strike down]
4: remove or make invisible; "Please delete my name from your
list" [syn: delete]
5: of cheques or tickets [syn: invalidate]
[also: cancelling, cancelled]