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eraser

[ih-rey-ser] /ɪˈreɪ sər/
noun
1.
a device, as a piece of rubber or cloth, for erasing marks made with pen, pencil, chalk, etc.
2.
a person or thing that erases.
Origin of eraser
1780-1790
1780-90; erase + -er1
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Examples from the web for eraser
  • At the end of the day, no matter how fancy, a pencil is only as good as its eraser.
  • Certainly it is easier to edit and rewrite papers electronically than with pencil and eraser.
  • The land looked as though a giant eraser had rubbed back and forth over it.
  • Over the next several weeks, it grew to the size of a pencil eraser tip.
  • Yet for all the evidence of destruction, scientists could not figure out where the eraser was hidden.
  • If you make a mistake you can select the eraser and rub out the paint from a given area.
  • The built-in pencil eraser, though largely unchanged for decades, is far from a perfect invention.
  • Typically, your health care provider will test for this sign simply by twisting a pencil eraser against your skin.
  • Unlike tender points, trigger points are often small lumps, about the size of a pencil eraser.
  • Hold the single eraser out from the spool, parallel to the floor.
British Dictionary definitions for eraser

eraser

/ɪˈreɪzə/
noun
1.
an object, such as a piece of rubber or felt, used for erasing something written, typed, etc: a pencil eraser
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Word Origin and History for eraser
n.

"thing that erases writing," 1790, American English, agent noun from erase. Originally a knife for scraping off the ink. As a rubber product for removing pencil marks, from 1858.

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Slang definitions & phrases for eraser

eraser

noun

A knockout or a knockout punch (1940s+ Prizefight)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for eraser

ERASER

enhanced recognition and sensing radar
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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