erode


erode

verb \i-ˈrōd\

: to gradually destroy (something) or to be gradually destroyed by natural forces (such as water, wind, or ice)

erod·ederod·ing

Full Definition of ERODE

transitive verb
1
:  to diminish or destroy by degrees:
a :  to eat into or away by slow destruction of substance (as by acid, infection, or cancer)
b :  to wear away by the action of water, wind, or glacial ice <flooding eroded the hillside>
c :  to cause to deteriorate or disappear as if by eating or wearing away <inflation eroding buying power>
2
:  to produce or form by eroding <glaciers erode U-shaped valleys>
intransitive verb
:  to undergo erosion <where the land has eroded away>
erod·ibil·i·ty \-ˌrō-də-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
erod·ible also erod·able \-ˈrō-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of ERODE

  1. Crashing waves have eroded the cliffs along the beach.
  2. The shoreline has eroded badly.

Origin of ERODE

Latin erodere to eat away, from e- + rodere to gnaw — more at rodent
First Known Use: 1612

erode

transitive verb \i-ˈrōd\   (Medical Dictionary)
erod·ederod·ing

Medical Definition of ERODE

1
: to eat into or away by slow destruction of substance (as by acid, infection, or cancer) <acids that erode the teeth>
2
: to remove with an abrasive <a dental tool that erodes the decayed area>

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