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Definition of Cancel

Can´cel
v. i.1.To inclose or surround, as with a railing, or with latticework.
[imp. & p. p. Canceled or Cancelled ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Canceling or Cancelling.]
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.
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.
n.1.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.
- Jer. Taylor.
2.(Print) The suppression or striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.

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