eras·​er | \ i-ˈrā-sər How to pronounce eraser (audio) \

Definition of eraser

: one that erases especially : a device (such as a piece of rubber or a felt pad) used to erase marks (as of ink or chalk)

Examples of eraser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Featuring a translucent barrel, twistable advancement or retraction for a jumbo eraser, and a side-click lead advance for easy extension without losing your grip, this pencil sets the bar high for common-use mechanical pencils. Popular Science, "Mechanical pencils to keep forever," 2 Nov. 2020 Sites such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory train dozens of lasers on material the size of a pencil eraser, evaporating it to trigger an impressive blast. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, "‘Supernova Slice’ Simulates Blasts of Dying Stars," 14 Sep. 2020 Or this time is the Bears coach using a No. 2 pencil with a trusty eraser on the end? Brad Biggs,, "Mitch Trubisky has retained his role as the Bears’ starting quarterback. But how much patience will Matt Nagy have? And where does the team go from here?," 5 Sep. 2020 No list of the best school supplies would be complete without the timeless Pink Pearl eraser. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "15 top-rated school supplies under $15," 7 Aug. 2020 The longest bone measured by researchers was 7.6 millimeters, or about the size of a pencil eraser. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Tiny, Rare Bone Found in the Hearts of Chimpanzees," 16 June 2020 In Collin County, voters will use cotton swabs to tap their selections on voting machines, while in Bexar County voters will use pencils to sign in when arriving at the polling station and then use the eraser to tap selections on a voting machine. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Masks, distance and plastic dividers: Officials will use runoffs as ‘tests’ for November elections," 29 June 2020 Voters patiently adjusted to the new normal of tapping touch screens with pencil erasers. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In scenes across Milwaukee, rhythm of everyday life suddenly, shockingly altered," 18 Mar. 2020 The pencil grew shorter, the pink eraser crown became smoother and smudged with graphite residue. Jennifer Pownall, New York Times, "The Blessing of Distraction," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of eraser

1790, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eraser was in 1790

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“Eraser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of eraser

chiefly US : a small piece of rubber or other material that is used to erase something you have written or drawn

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