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  1. a device, as a piece of rubber or cloth, for erasing marks made with pen, pencil, chalk, etc.
  2. a person or thing that erases.
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Origin of eraser

First recorded in 1780–90; erase + -er1
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Examples from the Web for eraser

Historical Examples

  • I don't know what I said, if anything, and the suit recorder has no playback or eraser.

    Accidental Death

    Peter Baily

  • Always keep your pencils sharpened and have an eraser handy.

  • Trent picked up an eraser and passed it over the name on the envelope.

  • An eraser, a knife, or some small article may be attached to one end of the thread.

  • Willy's body vanished from the floor as I dropped the eraser.

    The Animated Pinup

    Lewis Parker

British Dictionary definitions for eraser


  1. an object, such as a piece of rubber or felt, used for erasing something written, typed, etca pencil eraser
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Word Origin and History for eraser


"thing that erases writing," 1790, American English, agent noun from erase. Originally a knife for scraping off the ink. As a rubber product for removing pencil marks, from 1858.

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