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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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