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. corrode, waste, ravage, spoil. 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

erodible, erodable, erosible [ih-roh-zuh-buhl, -suh-] , adjective
erodibility, erodability, noun
noneroded, adjective
noneroding, adjective
unerodable, adjective
uneroded, adjective
unerodible, adjective
uneroding, adjective Unabridged
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erode (ɪˈrəʊd)
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.  (tr; usually passive) pathol to remove (tissue) by ulceration
[C17: from Latin ērōdere, from ex-1 + rōdere to gnaw]
adj, —n

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1610s; see erosion. Related: Eroded; eroding.
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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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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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