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delete

(operating system)
(Or "erase") To make a file inaccessible.

Usually this operation only deletes information from the tables the file system uses to locate named files; the file's contents still exist on disk and can sometimes be recovered by scanning the whole disk for strings which are known to have been in the file. Files created subsequently on the same disk are quite likely to reuse the same blocks and thus overwrite the deleted file's data permanently.

delete

(character)
The control character with ASCII code 127. Usually entering this character from the keyboard deletes the last character typed from the input buffer. Sadly there is great confusion between operating systems and keyboard manufacturers as to whether this function should be assigned to the delete or backspace key/character.

The choice of code 127 (binary 1111111) is not arbitrary but dates back to the use of paper tape for input. The delete key rewound the tape by one character and punched out all seven holes, thus obliterating whatever character was there before. The tape reading software ignored any delete characters in the input.

delete

To remove an item of data from a file or to remove a file from the disk. See Delete key, Del, file wipe, trash and undelete.
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The company introduced the ability to delete messages in October last year - but only for seven minutes after it had been sent.
The users could only delete messages for everyone for up to seven minutes after sending.
More details can be found on the company's FAQ page:'Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat.
PS4 owners can then select the game they want to delete and press the Option button that will bring up the Delete tab.
Starting today, WhatsApp users can now delete messages which are sent by mistake, whether to one person or to an entire group.
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With Delete for Everyone, the message is deleted on both, the sender's and receiver's phone.
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