- Erosion is defined as the slow wearing away of something.
An example of erosion is the shrinking beach at the seaside.
Cracks by a riverbed created by erosion.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Classical Latin erosio ; from erosus, past participle of erodere
- erosional adjective
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- The process of eroding or the condition of being eroded: erosion of the beach; progressive erosion of confidence in our legal system; erosion of the value of the dollar abroad.
- The group of natural processes, including weathering, dissolution, abrasion, corrosion, and transportation, by which material is worn away from the earth's surface.
Origin: Latin ērōsiō, ērōsiōn-, an eating away, from ērōsus, eaten away; see erose.
- e·roˈsion·al adjective
- e·roˈsion·al·ly adverb
erosion - Business Definition
- A reduction or decline in a variable. A financial analyst may report erosion in the quality of a firm's reported earnings.
- A wearing away of land through the forces of nature.
erosion - Cultural Definition
erosion - Medical Definition
- Superficial destruction of a surface by friction, pressure, ulceration, or trauma.
- The wearing away of a tooth by chemical or abrasive action. Also called odontolysis.
erosion - Science Definition
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