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erode

[ih-rohd] /ɪˈroʊd/
verb (used with object), eroded, eroding.
1.
to eat into or away; destroy by slow consumption or disintegration:
Battery acid had eroded the engine. Inflation erodes the value of our money.
Synonyms: corrode, waste, ravage, spoil.
Antonyms: strengthen, reinforce.
2.
to form (a gully, butte, or the like) by erosion.
verb (used without object), eroded, eroding.
3.
to become eroded.
Origin of erode
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin ērōdere, equivalent to ē- e-1 + rōdere to gnaw
Related forms
erodible, erodable, erosible
[ih-roh-zuh-buh l, -suh-] /ɪˈroʊ zə bəl, -sə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
erodibility, erodability, noun
noneroded, adjective
noneroding, adjective
unerodable, adjective
uneroded, adjective
unerodible, adjective
uneroding, adjective
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Examples from the Web for erode
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  • This limit of the level of the sea beneath which they cannot erode is known as baselevel.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • Secure in its grip, these are used as graving-tools to erode its bed.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • There has not been time to erode them away since the Pleistocene glaciation.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • It has been, and is being, created by sediments from the many torrents that erode the interior mountains.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • To erode a stratum 5000 feet thick will require at this rate thirty million years.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
British Dictionary definitions for erode

erode

/ɪˈrəʊd/
verb
1.
to grind or wear down or away or become ground or worn down or away
2.
to deteriorate or cause to deteriorate: jealousy eroded the relationship
3.
(transitive; usually passive) (pathol) to remove (tissue) by ulceration
Derived Forms
erodent, adjective, noun
erodible, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ērōdere, from ex-1 + rōdere to gnaw
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Word Origin and History for erode
v.

1610s, a back-formation from erosion, or else from French éroder, from Latin erodere "to gnaw away, consume" (see erosion). Related: Eroded; eroding. Originally of acids, ulcers, etc.; geological sense is from 1830.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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erode in Medicine

erode e·rode (ĭ-rōd')
v. e·rod·ed, e·rod·ing, e·rodes

  1. To wear away by or as if by abrasion.

  2. To eat into; ulcerate.

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