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[ih-roh-siv] /ɪˈroʊ sɪv/
serving to erode; causing erosion.
Origin of erosive
1820-30; < Latin ērōs(us) (see erose) + -ive
Related forms
erosiveness, erosivity, noun
antierosive, adjective
nonerosive, adjective
unerosive, adjective Unabridged
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  • They have been robbed by the erosive action of waves and running water.

  • In this excursion only the marginal portion of the glacier would do erosive work.

    Outlines of the Earth's History Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • The laws of gravitation, the erosive powers of water, the effects of frost, are just the same at wholesale as they are at retail.

    The Spell of Switzerland Nathan Haskell Dole
  • She set her face determinedly against the erosive impatience of despair.

    Stranded in Arcady Francis Lynde
  • The erosive action of the sea, from our present point of view, is of comparatively little importance.

  • Then the erosive waste exceeds the growth by up-bulging, and mountain decay begins.

  • They often occur in cavities which have been formed by the erosive action of acidulated water, in the way described in pars.

    Geology James Geikie
  • There can be no doubt, then, that glaciers have an erosive action, and therefore must be regarded as agents of denudation.

    The Story of the Hills H. N. Hutchinson
  • It is as if these striking forms were inherent in the rocks, waiting for the erosive forces to liberate them.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • Vast portions of the mountain have already been carried away by the erosive forces of ice and running water.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
erosive in Medicine

erosive e·ro·sive (ĭ-rō'sĭv)
Causing erosion.

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