the act or state of eroding; state of being eroded.
the process by which the surface of the earth is worn away by the action of water, glaciers, winds, waves, etc.
the gradual decline or disintegration of something: Each candidate is blaming the other’s party for the erosion of international trade.
- e·ro·sion·al, adjective
- an·ti·e·ro·sion, adjective
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How to use erosion in a sentence
The erosions or ulcers beneath the crusts secrete a greenish-yellow fluid.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Or there may occur erosions of the parts with eventual hypertrophy and loss of function, partial or complete.Lameness of the Horse | John Victor Lacroix
Autopsies in some old horses reveal the presence of erosions of cartilage and hyperthrophy of the inflamed parts.Lameness of the Horse | John Victor Lacroix
Erosions due to torrents are always found in places more or less depressed, and never occur upon large inclined surfaces.A History of Science, Volume 3(of 5) | Henry Smith Williams
The gynecologist must adjust uterine displacements and heal cervical erosions.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation | Austin O'Malley
British Dictionary definitions for erosion
the wearing away of rocks and other deposits on the earth's surface by the action of water, ice, wind, etc
the act or process of eroding or the state of being eroded
- erosive or erosional, adjective
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Scientific definitions for erosion
The gradual wearing away of land surface materials, especially rocks, sediments, and soils, by the action of water, wind, or a glacier. Usually erosion also involves the transport of eroded material from one place to another, as from the top of a mountain to an adjacent valley, or from the upstream portion of a river to the downstream portion.
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Cultural definitions for erosion
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