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Editing is the act of using selected parts of a complete performance. If you are recording someone reading a book and they stumble over some words and restart a few sentences you can easily edit out the stumbled parts and create a final version that is seamless. Editing used to involve physically cutting and taping together bits of recording tape, but not editing is performed within computers.
An example of editing would be recording someone reciting the alphabet that stammered between C and D. Your recording would be "...A..B...C...stammer...D...", which can be easily fixed by removing the stammer as if the reader went smoothly from the start.
Of course editing speech with lots of spaces between the words is easier than editing a speed talker or someone singing, and certainly much easier than editing many different instruments playing different parts with a single cut.