- to rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, etc.; efface.
- to eliminate completely: She couldn't erase the tragic scene from her memory.
- to obliterate (material recorded on magnetic tape or a magnetic disk): She erased the message.
- to obliterate recorded material from (a magnetic tape or disk): He accidentally erased the tape.
- Computers. to remove (data) from computer storage.
- Slang. to murder: The gang had to erase him before he informed on them.
- to give way to effacement readily or easily.
- to obliterate characters, letters, markings, etc., from something.
Origin of erase
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1. expunge, obliterate.
1. See cancel.
1, 3. restore.
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Examples from the Web for unerasable
Oh that, by long silence, I could wipe it out of my own heart—out of the book of unerasable past deeds!Nancy
- to obliterate or rub out (something written, typed, etc)
- (tr) to destroy all traces of; remove completelytime erases grief
- to remove (a recording) from (magnetic tape)
- (tr) computing to replace (data) on a storage device with characters representing an absence of data
C17: from Latin ērādere to scrape off, from ex- 1 + rādere to scratch, scrape
Word Origin and History for unerasable
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