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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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It said that in total 12078 deceased persons from Balochistan, the names of 9112 male and 2966 female voters will be deleted from the voters lists while from federal area, in total 8227 deceased persons, names of 5314 male and 2903 female will be deleted.
been deleted it will be replaced with 'This message was deleted'.
I deleted my personal files only and not the company's," C.
And as those buttons are so close together, one millimetre out of place and you've deleted your own show for good with no one to blame but your own stupid self.
Again I received no reply other than another "your inbox is full" message, so I wrote again: "Pursuant to the environmental hazards mentioned in my previous message, may I ask where the messages in my 'deleted messages' file go when I have deleted them?
In a unanimous ruling prompted by legal action filed by The Toledo Blade, the justices ordered Seneca County commissioners to retrieve deleted e-mails from their computer hard drives related to their decision to demolish a historic courthouse in Tiffin, Ohio.
They rely on the Mailbox Recovery feature to restore deleted mailboxes in Exchange 2000/2003 and use a Recovery Server in Exchange 5.
If the domain names create a return considered insufficient, they are deleted before payment is requested by the registry.
90) includes commentary by Weitz, deleted scenes and two featurettes.
Because the rules only allow documents to be added, documents, by inference, may not be deleted.
1 of WinUndelete, an application that allows users to recover deleted files and lost data.
For instance, in the movie Run Away Jury one of the bad guys said, "Good, he deleted a few files, but he didn't zero out the hard drive.