erosion

noun

ero·​sion i-ˈrō-zhən How to pronounce erosion (audio)
1
a
: the action or process of eroding
b
: the state of being eroded
2
: an instance or product of erosion
erosional adjective
erosionally adverb

Examples of erosion in a Sentence

Landscapers planted grass to stop the erosion of the hillside. Centuries of erosion by wind have carved grooves in the rocks.
Recent Examples on the Web Below Tyson Street, about two-thirds of the city’s 3-mile shoreline is narrow and rocky from years of erosion. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2024 Thwaites is roughly the size of Florida, so any acceleration of its long-term erosion could have profound effects on everything from marine life and ocean currents to the future of low-lying communities from Seal Beach to the Maldives. Andre Mouchard, Orange County Register, 24 May 2024 Their report would inform the alliance’s decision to plant shrubs there to provide shade and erosion control. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 On a day in November, the battle against erosion is symbolized by the comings and goings of two large excavator trucks. CBS News, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for erosion 

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Word History

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of erosion was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Erosion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erosion. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

erosion

noun
ero·​sion i-ˈrō-zhən How to pronounce erosion (audio)
: the action or process of eroding : the state of being eroded
erosional
-ˈrōzh-nəl How to pronounce erosion (audio)
-ˈrō-zhən-ᵊl
adjective

Medical Definition

erosion

noun
ero·​sion i-ˈrō-zhən How to pronounce erosion (audio)
1
a
: the superficial destruction of a surface area of tissue (as mucous membrane) by inflammation, ulceration, or trauma
erosion of the uterine cervix
b
: progressive loss of the hard substance of a tooth
2
: an instance or product of erosion
a circular erosion on the skin

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