from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The process of eroding or the condition of being eroded: erosion of the beach; progressive erosion of confidence in our legal system; erosion of the value of the dollar abroad.
- n. The group of natural processes, including weathering, dissolution, abrasion, corrosion, and transportation, by which material is worn away from the earth's surface.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The result of having been being worn away or eroded, as by a glacier on rock or the sea on a cliff face.
- n. The changing of a surface by mechanical action, friction, thermal expansion contraction, or impact.
- n. Destruction by abrasive action of fluids.
- n. One of two fundamental operations in morphological image processing from which all other morphological operations are derived.
- n. Loss of tooth enamel due to non-bacteriogenic chemical processes.
- n. A shallow ulceration or lesion, usually involving skin or epithelial tissue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or operation of eroding or eating away.
- n. The state of being eaten away; corrosion; canker.
- n. The wearing away of the earth's surface by any natural process. The chief agent of erosion is running water; minor agents are glaciers, the wind, and waves breaking against the coast.
- n. a gradual reduction or lessening as if by an erosive force.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or operation of eating or gnawing away.
- n. Hence The act of wearing away by any means.
- n. In zoology, the abrasion or wearing away of a surface or margin, as if by gnawing; the state of being erose; the act of eroding.
- n. In geology, the wearing away of rocks by water and other agencies of geological change.
- n. The state of being eaten or worn away; corrosion; canker; ulceration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a gradual decline of something
- n. erosion by chemical action
- n. (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
- n. condition in which the earth's surface is worn away by the action of water and wind
Under the term erosion I include the action of water, of ice, and of the atmosphere, including frost and rain.
Both of these trends make sense but I think Lovell makes a more interesting observation when he talks about what he describes as the erosion of the hardcore.
Later, explaining his opinion to a reporter, Sununu cited a $250 million state budget deficit; what he called the erosion of family values in the last legislative session; and Lynch's failure to persuade lawmakers from his own party to vote for his constitutional amendment on education.
This erosion is most definitely due to modern communication.
MPs on the committee called for the World Service budget to be protected to "prevent any risk of long-term erosion of the World Service's funding and of parliament's right to oversee its work".
It looks like investors populating NLY options are bracing for near-term erosion in the price of the REITs shares through August expiration.
The financial erosion from the credit crunch also has affected Europe.
Still, it's worth considering whether something other than normal erosion is affecting American Idol (Fox, tonight, 8 ET/PT).
These wore rapidly, and such erosion is often evident on the actual coins.
The report examined many facets of the future strategic environment, but its most startling, and news-making, finding concerned the projected long-term erosion of American dominance and the emergence of new global competitors.