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Last modified: Tuesday, August 06, 2002 

To remove or erase. For example, deleting a character means removing it from a file or erasing it from the display screen. Deleting a file means erasing it from a disk. Note that, unlike cutting, deleting does not necessarily place the removed object in a buffer from where it can be recovered.

Also see Are Deleted Files Completely Erased? in the Did You Know . . . ? section of Webopedia.

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