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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That meant write-downs couldn’t be ruled out if the power business eroded any further, GE said. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "How GE Built Up and Wrote Down $22 Billion in Assets," 13 Mar. 2019 Cunningham tried to accept the hate, but his self-esteem eroded. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 One sticking point has been a provision to create the state’s first charter schools, which the unions believe would erode traditional public education but bill advocates say would give parents more school choices. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Despite bill’s demise, W.Va. teachers to strike for 2nd day," 20 Feb. 2019 Thus, the floor of Jezero will preserve material from its own past environment as well as material eroded away from upstream of the site. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "NASA picks a landing spot on Mars for its 2020 rover," 19 Nov. 2018 Around the world, progress toward freer trade and more economic integration has halted, anti-immigration parties are on the rise, and the prestige of liberal democracy has eroded around the world. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The Great Recession was awful. And we don’t have a plan to stop the next one.," 16 Oct. 2018 Whatever trust users still had in Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica scandal has been eroding bit by bit by bit throughout the summer. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Why should anybody trust Facebook with their personal data?," 28 Sep. 2018 While economic activity in the borderlands weakens and corruption grows, the morale and effectiveness of security forces has eroded, Franklin said. Tom Odula, Fox News, "5 years after mall Kenya attack, al-Shabab's threat grows," 21 Sep. 2018 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

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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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