Erode meaning

ĭ-rōd
To wear away by abrasion, corrosion or chemical reaction.
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To become worn or eaten away.

The cliffs have eroded over the centuries.

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To form by wearing away gradually.

The running water eroded a gully.

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To become eroded.
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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.

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To wear (something) away by erosion.

Waves eroded the shore.

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To eat into; corrode.

The water's acidity eroded the pipe.

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To make or form by wearing away.

The river eroded a deep valley.

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To cause to diminish or deteriorate.
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To diminish or deteriorate.

Public confidence in the administration eroded.

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To eat into; wear away; disintegrate.

Acid erodes metal.

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To cause to deteriorate, decay, or vanish.
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(place) City in Tamil Nadu state, S India, on the Cauvery River.
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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