erode

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verb \i-ˈrōd\

Definition of erode

eroded

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eroding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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 hillsidec :  to cause to deteriorate or disappear as if by eating or wearing away inflation eroding buying power

  3. 2 :  to produce or form by eroding glaciers erode U-shaped valleys

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to undergo erosion where the land has eroded away

erodibility

play \i-ˌrō-də-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

erodible

play or less commonly

erodable

\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

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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

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verb \i-ˈrōd\

Definition of erode for Students

eroded

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eroding

  1. :  to destroy or be destroyed by wearing away Waves erode the shore.


Medical Dictionary

erode

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transitive verb \i-ˈrōd\

Medical Definition of erode

eroded

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eroding

  1. 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. 2:  to remove with an abrasive a dental tool that erodes the decayed area



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