Simple Definition of erode
: to gradually destroy (something) or to be gradually destroyed by natural forces (such as water, wind, or ice)
Full Definition of erode
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>
: to undergo erosion <where the land has eroded away>
Examples of erode
Crashing waves have eroded the cliffs along the beach.
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
Rhymes with erode
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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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