verb (cancels, cancelling (Commonwealth), canceling (American), cancelled (Commonwealth), canceled (American))
- (nonstandard) A cancellation.
- (rfv-sense, apparently means natural.) (music) A mark cancelling a previous sharp or flat.
- (transitive) To cross out something with lines etc.
- (transitive) To invalidate or annul something.
Etymology: from Latin cancelli a railing or lattice.
- He cancelled his order on their website.
- (transitive) To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused.
- This machine cancels the letters that have a valid zip code.
- (transitive) To offset or equalize something.
- The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.
(rfc, None of the meanings are limited to transitive or intransitive - the verb is always both/either with no distinction in meaning, only distinction is object referent.)
- (transitive) (mathematics) To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.
- (rfd-redundant) (intransitive) To counterbalance or neutralize each other.
- (rfd-redundant) (intransitive) (mathematics) Of a common factor in numerator and denominator of a fraction: To disappear.
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