from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To wear (something) away by or as if by abrasion: Waves eroded the shore.
- transitive v. To eat into; corrode.
- transitive v. To make or form by wearing away: The river eroded a deep valley.
- transitive v. To cause to diminish or deteriorate as if by eating into or wearing away: "Long enduring peace often erodes popular resolution” ( C.L. Sulzberger).
- intransitive v. To become worn or eaten away: The cliffs have eroded over the centuries. Public confidence in the administration eroded.
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- v. To wear away by abrasion, corrosion or chemical reaction
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To eat into or away; to corrode.
- transitive v.
- transitive v. To wear away.
- transitive v. To produce by erosion, or wearing away.
- transitive v. to reduce or lessen as if by eroding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gnaw or eat into or away; corrode.
- Hence To wear away, as if by gnawing: specifically used in geology of the action of water, etc., in wearing down the earth's surface.
- To become worn away.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove soil or rock
- v. become ground down or deteriorate
Latin ērōdere, to gnaw off, eat away : ē-, ex-, ex- + rōdere, to gnaw.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)