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erode

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verb \i-ˈrōd\

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

erod·ederod·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  to produce or form by eroding <glaciers erode U-shaped valleys>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to undergo erosion <where the land has eroded away>

erod·ibil·i·ty play \-ˌrō-də-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
erod·ibleplay 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


Medical Dictionary

erode

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transitive verb \i-ˈrōd\

Medical Definition of erode

erod·ederod·ing

  1. 1:  to eat into or away by slow destruction of substance (as by acid, infection, or cancer) <acids that erode the teeth>

  2. 2:  to remove with an abrasive <a dental tool that erodes the decayed area>





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