- to eat into or away; destroy by slow consumption or disintegration: Battery acid had eroded the engine. Inflation erodes the value of our money.
- to form (a gully, butte, or the like) by erosion.
- to become eroded.
Origin of erode
Examples from the Web for erode
That started to erode after the two officers were assaulted last week.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands
December 22, 2014
It serves as a potent reminder that the cost in lives of one war can erode the will of a people to fight another.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’
September 22, 2014
Failure to secure their quick release can erode voter confidence and advertise the impotence of government.Al Qaeda Growing Rich Off Ransom Payments
December 22, 2013
Admittedly, a lot of undeserved cultural authority will have to erode before this idealization can materialize.5 Ways to Fix Book Publishing
July 12, 2013
Alternatively, passing up a shot could allow an enemy to escape, kill U.S. citizens, and erode U.S. power.The Essential Spy Guide
Henry A. Crumpton
May 2, 2013
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
There has not been time to erode them away since the Pleistocene glaciation.Climatic Changes
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
- to grind or wear down or away or become ground or worn down or away
- to deteriorate or cause to deterioratejealousy eroded the relationship
- (tr; usually passive) pathol to remove (tissue) by ulceration
Word Origin and History for erode
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.
- To wear away by or as if by abrasion.
- To eat into; ulcerate.