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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The company’s failure to generate sufficient electricity is eroding already anemic economic growth, while another bailout would add to the government’s rising debt load. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Power Struggle: Electricity Outages Hit South Africa Months Before Election," 14 Feb. 2019 American officials worry those might erode U.S. industrial leadership. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China upbeat ahead of US trade talks, but differences large," 6 Jan. 2019 Brandon Finnegan, who runs Decision Desk HQ, pointed to two counties — Harrison and Rankin — as good indicators of whether Espy is eroding the Republican advantage in these suburban areas. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The odds are against Mike Espy in a Senate runoff election. But here’s his path to an upset win.," 27 Nov. 2018 During this time, an invasive species was introduced in order to stop the soil from eroding. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Six Senses Zil Pasyon," 13 Nov. 2018 Climate change threatens many facets of modern human life, from eroding coastlines, climbing temperatures, and ocean acidification. Rob Goodier, Popular Mechanics, "How Climate Change Could Break the Internet," 19 July 2018 The president claimed that the bike manufacturer's move would alienate its customer base, without eroding his political support from his base. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Trump speaks to SCOTUS pick, Dems' push to end ICE in exclusive Fox News interview," 1 July 2018 One Israeli lawmaker warned that Portman's decision is a sign of eroding support for Israel among young American Jews. NBC News, "Natalie Portman snubs 'Jewish Nobel,' angering Israeli leaders," 20 Apr. 2018 Those terrain models look at how much things like craters have been eroded to determine age. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Rivers Flowed Forth on Mars Until 1 Billion Years Ago," 27 Mar. 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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