eras·​er | \i-ˈrā-sər \

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)

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And if doesn't quite work out, the best way to deal with a streaky spray tan is with a tan eraser (like the Isle of Paradise version) or a body exfoliant mitt, a la St. Tropez's Remover Mitt. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Woman Shares Foot Self-Tanner Fail," 17 Oct. 2018 Perricone compares the texture of the eye cream to that of an eraser — balmy and slightly adhesive. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Perricone MD Launches Essential Fx Skin-Care Line With Vitamin F," 9 Aug. 2018 Almost everywhere else in the world, erasers have remained separate from pencils. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Write Stuff: How the Humble Pencil Conquered the World," 16 Aug. 2016 The tan eraser spray contains a dose of glycolic acid to dissolve the tanning pigments, along with moisturizing coconut and avocado oils to counteract any irritation. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "This Woman's Self-Tanner Fail Left Her Foot Orange," 17 Oct. 2018 His vision started blacking in from all sides like it was being rubbed out with an eraser. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "This Pro Skydiver Was Invincible—Until his Heart Stopped Beating Regularly," 22 June 2018 Using a whiteboard eraser as a prop for a busted cellphone, Coleman volunteers two students for a mock confrontation. Benjamin Oreskes,, "Many people work hard to avoid the homeless. These volunteers embrace them," 7 June 2018 To safely fix any snafus, use a gentle tan eraser like Tan-Luxe's Glyco Water or a body exfoliant and remover mitt, like St. Tropez's. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Graham Uses Windex to Fix Spray Tan," 30 May 2018 Responding officers found a small container with a pink eraser and geo-caching sign-in sheet inside the base. Andy Attina /,, "Woman takes back her vehicle from repo driver: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 4 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of eraser

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

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to make faulty or ineffective

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