erode[ē rōd′, i-]
- To erode is defined as to gradually wear away, or to be gradually worn away.
- 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.
This stream of water will erode the field.
transitive verberoded, eroding
- 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 of erodeFrench éroder ; from Classical Latin erodere ; from e-, out, off + rodere, to gnaw: see rat
verbe·rod·ed, e·rod·ing, e·rodes
- To wear (something) away by erosion: Waves eroded the shore.
- To eat into; corrode: The water's acidity eroded the pipe.
- To make or form by wearing away: The river eroded a deep valley.
- To cause to diminish or deteriorate: “Long enduring peace often erodes popular resolution” (C.L. Sulzberger).
- To become worn or eaten away: The cliffs have eroded over the centuries.
- To diminish or deteriorate: Public confidence in the administration eroded.
Origin of erodeLatin ērōdere, to gnaw off, eat away : ē-, ex-, ex- + rōdere, to gnaw; see rēd- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present erodes, present participle eroding, simple past and past participle eroded)