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erode

[ ih-rohd ]
/ 瑟藞ro蕣d /
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verb (used with object), e路rod路ed, e路rod路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), e路rod路ed, e路rod路ing.
to become eroded.
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Origin of erode

First recorded in 1605鈥15; from French e虈虂roder or directly from Latin 膿r艒dere, equivalent to 膿- 鈥渙ut of, from鈥 + r艒dere 鈥渢o gnaw鈥; see e-1

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British Dictionary definitions for erode

erode
/ (瑟藞r蓹蕣d) /

verb
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

Derived forms of erode

erodent, adjective, nounerodible, adjective

Word Origin for erode

C17: from Latin 膿r艒dere, from ex- 1 + r艒dere to gnaw
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Medical definitions for erode

erode
[ 沫-r艒d ]

v.
To wear away by or as if by abrasion.
To eat into; ulcerate.
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