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efface

(ĭ-fās′)
v. ef·faced, ef·facing, ef·faces
v.tr.
Medicine To cause to become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor: The cervix was effaced as the contractions continued.
v.intr.
Medicine To become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor. Used of the cervix.

ef·face′a·ble adj.
ef·face′ment n.
ef·fac′er n.
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Right leg brushes to tendu efface, left leg plies; body bends forward from hips with a flat back; left arm raises overhead; right arm holds the top corner of chair.
Funny how white America likes to deny and efface jazz and blues' once "low-life" brothel history, not to mention the contempt they once had for it.
Thus, in Him He was able to begin the history of redemption, because God has the power to efface sin.
He said: "Every effort must be made to efface all signs of occupation in every way".
Coleman questions Ellison's ardent belief that the "twoness" of the dyadic "African-American" can be reconciled when blacks embrace principles of democracy and individuality--that the "Negro's" inexorable "Americaness" will somehow efface the negativity inherently implied in "blackness.
daytrippers and efface the region's real historical heritage of carefully preserved Civil War battlefields.
The rib cage is pushed forward, arms are behind the torso, and there is a general tendency to be too flat-that is, true efface and croise are missing.
And this literature is apt to further erode or distort or efface any remaining Christian shape or symbols in the children's minds and souls.
He did this by observing the ideological paradoxes manifest in America's treatment of minorities and by adopting Western literary traditions, and thus he gains a voice among those whose project of subjugation has been to efface the native cultural heritage of African-Americans and to silence the discourse of dissent.
There are powerful continuities between Kaisserreich and Federal Republic--the German bourgeoisie as such never "fell"--which the form of Gall's account works to efface.
But neither acting nor spectacular theatrical effects (including the often excellent lighting by Yuri Timofeev) can efface the prevailing tastelessness of Eifman's productions.
To illustrate how the figures of court dance became clearly defined spatially, a male dancer is shown performing the balletic directions (alignments), such as croise devant, ecarte, efface.