erode

verb
\ i-ˈrōd How to pronounce erode (audio) \
eroded; eroding

Definition of erode

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to undergo erosion where the land has eroded away

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Other Words from erode

erodibility \ i-​ˌrō-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce erodibility (audio) \ noun
erodible or less commonly erodable \ i-​ˈrō-​də-​bəl How to pronounce erodable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of erode in a Sentence

Crashing waves have eroded the cliffs along the beach. The shoreline has eroded badly.

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Democrats and consumer advocacy groups say these initiatives are eroding the coverage gains made under the law. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "More Americans Lack Health Insurance, New Survey Finds," 23 Jan. 2019 In some markets, like New York and Miami, studies indicate that home-sharing is already eroding hotel profits. Dee-ann Durbin, The Seattle Times, "Rooms with new views: Hotels try their hand in home-sharing," 2 Oct. 2018 The authors explain this difference by suggesting that the ice was eroding different rocks once these interglacial periods started; a similar conclusion is supported by strontium isotope data. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Major Antarctic ice sheet shrank when it wasn’t much warmer than now," 20 Sep. 2018 But many in the city believe that its freedoms and relative autonomy are already eroding. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Thousands protest in Hong Kong on China influence," 1 July 2018 Lapsley said businesses are concerned that those standards are rapidly eroding. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Soda, oil companies back initiative to limit taxes in California | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Apr. 2018 This week on the Coastal News Roundup: an expedited process for Mississippi River sediment diversions, a study on the causes of Mississippi flooding, and a new understanding of why the Gulf of Mexico is eroding. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "River diversions, river flooding and seafloor erosion: The week's coastal roundup," 7 Apr. 2018 The pillars that have upheld the console wars have only continued to erode during the latest console generation. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite cross-play on PS4 ushers in a new era of the console wars," 26 Sep. 2018 The same forces that embedded the pickup in rural life would eventually begin to erode the very foundations of that life. James C. Cobb, Smithsonian, "The Pickup Truck’s Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toy," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of erode

1612, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for erode

Latin erodere to eat away, from e- + rodere to gnaw — more at rodent

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erode

verb

English Language Learners Definition of erode

: to gradually destroy (something) or to be gradually destroyed by natural forces (such as water, wind, or ice)

erode

verb
\ i-ˈrōd How to pronounce erode (audio) \
eroded; eroding

Kids Definition of erode

: to destroy or be destroyed by wearing away Waves erode the shore.
\ i-ˈrōd How to pronounce erode (audio) \
eroded; eroding

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 bone eroded by cancer
2 : to remove with an abrasive a dental tool that erodes the decayed area

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