from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To remove (something written, for example) by rubbing, wiping, or scraping.
- transitive v. To remove (recorded material) from a magnetic tape or other storage medium: erased a file from the diskette.
- transitive v. To remove recorded material from (a magnetic tape or disk, for example): erased the videocassette.
- transitive v. To remove all traces of.
- transitive v. To remove or destroy as if by wiping out: had to erase all thoughts of failure from his mind.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to remove markings or information
- v. To obliterate information from (a storage medium), such as to clear or (with magnetic storage) to demagnetize.
- v. To obliterate (information) from a storage medium, such as to clear or to overwrite.
- v. To remove a runner from the bases via a double play or pick off play
- v. To be erased (have markings removed, have information removed, or be cleared of information).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, or painted; to efface; to expunge; to cross out.
- transitive v. Fig.: To obliterate; to expunge; to blot out; -- used of ideas in the mind or memory.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, or painted; efface; blot or strike out; obliterate; expunge: as, to erase a word or a name.
- Hence To remove or destroy, as if by rubbing or blotting out.
- To destroy to the foundation; raze.
- Synonyms Cancel, Obliterate, etc. (see efface); wipe out, rub off, remove.
- In entomology, sinuate, with the sinuses cut into smaller irregular notches: applied especially to the wings of certain Lepidoptera.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information
- v. remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
- v. remove from memory or existence
One thing the demolition won't erase is the memories.
No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend toward the communion of their persons. (par 2)
The idea to come up with a way to erase from the board all the Star Trek canon that everyone knows is terrific.
Some deaths can have a Stephen Kinguesque nature to them and try as you might, they can be hard to erase from the memory. on March 24, 2008 at 1: 30 pm | Reply Noddy
This is the lesson of the 1930s, which Republican and libertarian propaganda has striven mightily, and successfully, to erase from the American memory, allowing it to happen all over again.
This is the lesson of the 1930s, which Republican/libertarian/right-wing propaganda has striven mightily, and successfully, to erase from the American memory, allowing it to happen all over again. xearther
Unknown to us, it actually did work and apparently contained recordings of personal conversations the customer failed to erase from the memory before returning the product.
You can go back in time and erase from the fabric of TV history THREE individual episodes of any TV show you want!
Anything that can erase from the memory the first movie is a good thing
And it has proven to be hard to erase from the courts, with more than 160 lawsuits brought by individuals, businesses and governments.