era·​sure | \ i-ˈrā-shər How to pronounce erasure (audio) also -zhər \

Definition of erasure

: an act or instance of erasing

Examples of erasure in a Sentence

accidental erasure of the tape There were many errors and erasures in the typescript.
Recent Examples on the Web The erasure, which Secret Service officials have said was unintentional, is now part of a criminal investigation. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 The erasure of African and Native American influence in barbeque. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 22 July 2022 Few gigs in music require as much self-erasure as vocal producer, and few are as misunderstood. Elias Leight, Billboard, 10 June 2022 The National Archives, which is in charge of government record-keeping, asked the Secret Service to investigate the possible erasure of the messages and report back within 30 days., 19 July 2022 In the case of Joanna Hiffernan, the traces that are left only make that erasure seem larger and more haunting. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 Her previous works have focused on how Basque cowboys’ influence has been overlooked in the history of the American West, and her new Young Cowboy oil paintings were meant to expand that erasure to Black cowboys. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 13 July 2022 His firing brought to the fore decades of grievances, such as the segregation of Mexican Americans, and severe omissions in the school’s curriculum, including the erasure of Chicano history. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 21 June 2022 In 1961 the physicist Rolf Landauer showed that this erasure of information can never be accomplished without dissipating some minimal amount of heat, thus raising the entropy of the surroundings. Quanta Magazine, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of erasure

1734, in the meaning defined above

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3 Aug 2022

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“Erasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of erasure

: an act of erasing


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