A deletion can be extended by additional steps, as in bereft, beret, beet, bet.
A deletion at the beginning of a word has the special name beheadment, and a deletion at the end of a word is likewise called a curtailment.
De*le"tion (?), n. [L. deletio, fr. delere. See Delete.]
Act of deleting, blotting out, or erasing; destruction.
A total deletion of every person of the opposing party.
Sir M. Hale.
© Webster 1913.
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