to alter, abridge, or cancel with or as with a pencil that has blue lead, as in editing a manuscript.
Historical Examples

The Story of the Treasure Seekers E. Nesbit
Cabbages and Kings O. Henry
Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions Slason Thompson
Essentials in Conducting Karl Wilson Gehrkens
Audrey Craven May Sinclair
Fighting in Cuban Waters Edward Stratemeyer
The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
Harper’s Young People, October 12, 1880 Various
Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun

deletion, alteration, or censorship of the contents of a book or other work
verb -cils, -cilling, -cilled (US) -cils, -ciling, -ciled
(transitive) to alter or delete parts of (a book, film, etc), esp to censor


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