The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cancel \Can"cel\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Canceled or Cancelled;
p. pr. & vb. n. Canceling or Cancelling.] [L. cancellare
to make like a lattice, to strike or cross out (cf. Fr.
canceller, OF. canceler) fr. cancelli lattice, crossbars,
dim. of cancer lattice; cf. Gr. ? latticed gate. Cf.
1. To inclose or surround, as with a railing, or with
A little obscure place canceled in with iron work is
the pillar or stump at which . . . our Savior was
2. To shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to
exclude. [Obs.] "Canceled from heaven." --Milton.
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
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.
5. (Print.) To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in
Canceled figures (Print), figures cast with a line across
the face., as for use in arithmetics.
Syn: To blot out; obliterate; deface; erase; efface; expunge;
annul; abolish; revoke; abrogate; repeal; destroy; do
away; set aside. See Abolish.