To erode is defined as to gradually wear away, or to be gradually worn away.verb
- When water continually washes over soil and begins to wash away that soil, this is an example of a situation where the water erodes the soil.
- When the side beds of a stream are washed away because of the ongoing movement of the water, this is an example of a situation where the side beds can be said to erode.
- When someone's confidence is gradually worn away at and diminished, this is an example of a situation where his confidence is eroded.
- to eat into; wear away; disintegrate: acid erodes metal
- to form by wearing away gradually: the running water eroded a gully
- to cause to deteriorate, decay, or vanish
Origin: Fr éroder < L erodere < e-, out, off + rodere, to gnaw: see rat
- erodible adjective
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verb e·rod·ed, e·rod·ing, e·rodes verb, transitive
- To wear (something) away by or as if by abrasion: Waves eroded the shore.
- To eat into; corrode.
- To make or form by wearing away: The river eroded a deep valley.
- To cause to diminish or deteriorate as if by eating into or wearing away: “Long enduring peace often erodes popular resolution” (C.L. Sulzberger).
Origin: Latin ērōdere, to gnaw off, eat away : ē-, ex-, ex- + rōdere, to gnaw; see rēd- in Indo-European roots.
- e·rodˌi·bilˈi·ty noun
- e·rodˈi·ble adjective
erode - Medical Definition
- To wear away by or as if by abrasion.
- To eat into; ulcerate.