Erode Definition

eroded, erodes, eroding
eroded, erodes, eroding
To eat into; wear away; disintegrate.
Acid erodes metal.
Webster's New World
To eat into; corrode.
The water's acidity eroded the pipe.
American Heritage
To form by wearing away gradually.
The running water eroded a gully.
Webster's New World
To become eroded.
Webster's New World
To cause to deteriorate, decay, or vanish.
Webster's New World

Origin of Erode

  • Latin ērōdere to gnaw off, eat away ē-, ex- ex- rōdere to gnaw rēd- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French éroder, from Latin erodere

    From Wiktionary

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