erode

verb \ i-ˈrōd \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of erode

eroded; eroding
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

erodibility

play \i-ˌrō-də-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

erodible

or less commonly erodable play \i-ˈrō-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of erode in a Sentence

  1. Crashing waves have eroded the cliffs along the beach.

  2. The shoreline has eroded badly.

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Origin and Etymology of erode

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


ERODE Defined for English Language Learners

erode

verb

Definition of erode for English Language Learners

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


ERODE Defined for Kids

erode

verb \ i-ˈrōd \

Definition of erode for Students

eroded; eroding
:to destroy or be destroyed by wearing away
  • Waves erode the shore.

Medical Dictionary

erode

transitive verb \ i-ˈrōd \

medical Definition of erode

eroded; eroding
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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