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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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Just as the sources of data today tend to become lost in the Internet's tissue of hyperlinks, the abstract textures formed from many transpositions, divisions, and partial effacements construct spaces and surfaces that vibrate vitally, even while they are constantly vulnerable.
The effacements taking place between each shot and the subsequent one (the previous mark having been blacked out) is a large part of the fun here, as is the contrast between the artificiality of his posing for each shot and the nevertheless convincing nature of the simple illusion.
Dedicated to Vincent Fecteau, the novel becomes a meditation on form in the face of death, which is also to say, on the form of the face of death--facing beyond's effacements.