transitive verberased′, eras′ing
- to rub, scrape, or wipe out (esp. written or engraved letters); efface; expunge
- to remove (something recorded) from (magnetic tape)
- to remove any sign of; obliterate, as from the mind
- to remove (data) from a computer storage device
- Slang to kill
Origin of erasefrom Classical Latin erasus, past participle of eradere, to scratch out from e-, out + radere, to scrape, scratch: see rat
transitive verbe·rased, e·ras·ing, e·ras·es
- a. To remove (something written, for example) by rubbing, wiping, or scraping.b. To remove (recorded material) from a magnetic tape or other storage medium: erased a file from the hard drive.c. To remove recorded material from (a magnetic tape or disk, for example): erased the DVD.
- To remove all traces of; eliminate or obliterate: had to erase all thoughts of failure from his mind.
Origin of eraseLatin ērādere ērās- to scratch out ē-, ex- ex- rādere to scrape ; see rēd- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present erases, present participle erasing, simple past and past participle erased)
- to remove markings or information
- I erased that note because it was wrong.
- To obliterate information from (a storage medium), such as to clear or (with magnetic storage) to demagnetize.
- I'm going to erase this tape.
- To obliterate (information) from a storage medium, such as to clear or to overwrite.
- I'm going to erase those files.
- (baseball) To remove a runner from the bases via a double play or pick off play
- Jones was erased by a 6-4-3 double play.
- (intransitive) To be erased (have markings removed, have information removed, or be cleared of information).
- The chalkboard erased easily.
- Her painful memories seemingly erased completely.
- The files will erase quickly.
- To disregard (a group, an orientation, etc.); to prevent from having an active role in society.
From Latin erasus, past participle of eradere (“to scrape, to abrade”), from ex- (“out of”) + radere (“to scrape”)