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erode

[ih-rohd] /ɪˈroʊd/
verb (used with object), eroded, eroding.
1.
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.
2.
to form (a gully, butte, or the like) by erosion.
verb (used without object), eroded, eroding.
3.
to become eroded.
Origin of erode
1605-1615
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),
adjective
erodibility, erodability, noun
noneroded, adjective
noneroding, adjective
unerodable, adjective
uneroded, adjective
unerodible, adjective
uneroding, adjective
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Examples from the Web for erode
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Historical Examples
  • There has not been time to erode them away since the Pleistocene glaciation.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • This limit of the level of the sea beneath which they cannot erode is known as baselevel.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • Secure in its grip, these are used as graving-tools to erode its bed.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • To erode a stratum 5000 feet thick will require at this rate thirty million years.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • They were, I think, harder than metal, yet they had been here long enough for the elements to erode them into featureless shards.

    Where the World is Quiet Henry Kuttner
British Dictionary definitions for erode

erode

/ɪˈrəʊd/
verb
1.
to grind or wear down or away or become ground or worn down or away
2.
to deteriorate or cause to deteriorate: jealousy eroded the relationship
3.
(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 erode
v.

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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erode 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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