Definition of erode
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>
: to undergo erosion <where the land has eroded away>
erodibilityplay \-ˌrō-də-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
erodibleplay less commonly
Examples of erode in a sentence
Crashing waves have eroded the cliffs along the beach.
The shoreline has eroded badly.
Origin and Etymology of erode
Latin erodere to eat away, from e- + rodere to gnaw — more at rodent
First Known Use: 1612
ERODE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of erode for Students
: to destroy or be destroyed by wearing away <Waves erode the shore.>
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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