Eliminate E*lim"i*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Eliminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Eliminating}.] [L. eliminatus, p. p. of eliminare; e out + limen threshold; prob. akin to limes boundary. See {Limit}.] 1. To put out of doors; to expel; to discharge; to release; to set at liberty. [1913 Webster]

Eliminate my spirit, give it range Through provinces of thought yet unexplored. --Young. [1913 Webster]

2. (Alg.) To cause to disappear from an equation; as, to eliminate an unknown quantity. [1913 Webster]

3. To set aside as unimportant in a process of inductive inquiry; to leave out of consideration. [1913 Webster]

Eliminate errors that have been gathering and accumulating. --Lowth. [1913 Webster]

4. To obtain by separating, as from foreign matters; to deduce; as, to eliminate an idea or a conclusion. [Recent, and not well authorized] [1913 Webster]

5. (Physiol.) To separate; to expel from the system; to excrete; as, the kidneys eliminate urea, the lungs carbonic acid; to eliminate poison from the system. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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