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[ih-rey-sher] /ɪˈreɪ ʃər/
an act or instance of erasing.
a place where something has been erased; a spot or mark left after erasing:
You can't sign a contract with so many erasures in it.
Origin of erasure
1725-35; erase + -ure
Related forms
nonerasure, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for erasure
  • So, by some mental erasure, the bad news disappears.
  • The self-erasure happens because the new isomer of azobenzene is not as stable as the old one.
  • Sloppy, lazy journalism contributes to the erasure of our collective memory about social movements and the evolution of ideas.
  • We thereby accelerated the erasure of entire ecosystems and the extinction of thousands of million-year-old species.
  • When you recall a past event, the memory becomes temporarily susceptible to erasure.
  • Even memory erasure is not so improbable as many viewers may think.
  • But working memory needs to be continually updated and so calls for erasure of information.
  • Given that level of erasure, it's not enough even to avoid explicitly exclusionary language.
  • In the old view, erasure should cause permanent brain damage as the synapses are ripped apart.
  • Not only would it allow retroactively smarter comments, but indeed complete erasure of the comment from the timeline.
British Dictionary definitions for erasure


the act or an instance of erasing
the place or mark, as on a piece of paper, where something has been erased
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Word Origin and History for erasure

1734, from erase + -ure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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