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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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File Rescue Plus recovers lost or deleted files and photos from pc's, workstations, servers, external drives, or digital cameras.
If you have emptied the Recycle Bin between deleting the file and realising it was a mistake, the deleted file's space on your drive has been made available to other files.
We suggest that the additional items on Schedule F be deleted.
The delete(t) operation is the same as in twopass except that multipass comparison-linking is used on the children of the deleted node t.
'I visited the CC earlier to continue developing the game, but they told me it was deleted. I've spent close to a year on this game, and the product was deleted.
Whenever the recipient switches on the phone after the time, they will get the deleted message since he wouldn't have received the revoke request.
And people using our secret message feature in the encrypted version of Messenger have the ability to set a timer - and have their messages automatically deleted. We will now be making a broader delete message feature available."
Messages that the user successfully deletes for everyone will be replaced with "This message was deleted" in the recipients' chats.
It said that names of those deceased persons would be deleted from the voters' lists, whose deaths were registered in union councils or NADRA.
If deleted photos were originally stored on internal memory of Android, choose Recover from Phone.
Now Lewis has shocked fans yet again - as he has wiped clear his Instagram feed and deleted the apology video that he issued following the furore.
If a state employee deletes an e-mail from an inbox, it is permanently deleted from the state server in five days, according to Philadelphia magazine.