[ ih-rohd ]
/ ɪˈroʊd /

verb (used with object), e·rod·ed, e·rod·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·rod·ed, e·rod·ing.

to become eroded.

Origin of erode

1605–15; < Latin ērōdere, equivalent to ē- e-1 + rōdere to gnaw

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British Dictionary definitions for erode

/ (ɪˈrəʊd) /


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 ērōdere, from ex- 1 + rōdere to gnaw
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Medical definitions for erode

[ ĭ-rōd ]


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