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[ih-rohd] /ɪˈroʊd/
verb (used with object), eroded, eroding.
to eat into or away; destroy by slow consumption or disintegration:
Battery acid had eroded the engine. Inflation erodes the value of our money.
Synonyms: corrode, waste, ravage, spoil.
Antonyms: strengthen, reinforce.
to form (a gully, butte, or the like) by erosion.
verb (used without object), eroded, eroding.
to become eroded.
1605-15; < Latin ērōdere, equivalent to ē- e-1 + rōdere to gnaw
Related forms
erodible, erodable, erosible
[ih-roh-zuh-buh l, -suh-] /ɪˈroʊ zə bəl, -sə-/ (Show IPA),
erodibility, erodability, noun
noneroded, adjective
noneroding, adjective
unerodable, adjective
uneroded, adjective
unerodible, adjective
uneroding, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eroding
  • But the area was abandoned until six months ago, when a local farmer came upon bones eroding out of the ground.
  • Falling yields have prompted farmers to put more land under cultivation, further eroding bee habitat.
  • Such craters are not subject to the eroding effects of wind and rain.
  • Today, however, modern influences are steadily eroding these cultural lifeways.
  • They were covered with a liquid that prevented them from eroding.
  • But now my identification with these people is rapidly eroding.
  • Throughout the twentieth century the nineteenth-century taboo on targeting and killing civilians has been eroding.
  • Another anonymity-eroding technique was recently flagged by computer scientists.
  • Revenue from credit derivatives will fall as they gravitate towards exchanges, eroding spreads for dealers.
  • Any system that allowed torture in tightly controlled situations would risk eroding into wider use.
British Dictionary definitions for eroding


to grind or wear down or away or become ground or worn down or away
to deteriorate or cause to deteriorate: jealousy eroded the relationship
(transitive; usually passive) (pathol) to remove (tissue) by ulceration
Derived Forms
erodent, adjective, noun
erodible, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ērōdere, from ex-1 + rōdere to gnaw
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Word Origin and History for eroding



1610s, a back-formation from erosion, or else from French éroder, from Latin erodere "to gnaw away, consume" (see erosion). Related: Eroded; eroding. Originally of acids, ulcers, etc.; geological sense is from 1830.

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eroding in Medicine

erode e·rode (ĭ-rōd')
v. e·rod·ed, e·rod·ing, e·rodes

  1. To wear away by or as if by abrasion.

  2. To eat into; ulcerate.

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Encyclopedia Article for eroding


town, northern Tamil Nadu state, southeastern India, on the Cauvery River. Temple inscriptions indicate the prominent role played by the town as early as the 10th century AD. Its name is associated with a Cola temple (907-1279) and means "wet skull." Though Erode was successively destroyed by Maratha, Mysore Muslim, and British armies, the surrounding fertile soils assisted in the town's quick recovery as an agricultural trade centre

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