Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of stripping off covering, or removing the surface; a making bare.
  • n. The laying bare of rocks by the washing away of the overlying earth, etc.; or the excavation and removal of them by the action of running water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of stripping off covering, or removing the surface; a making bare.
  • n. The laying bare of rocks by the washing away of the overlying earth, etc.; or the excavation and removal of them by the action of running water.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of stripping off covering; a making bare.
  • n. In geology, the wearing away and removal by natural agencies, such as rain, rivers, frost, ice, and wind, of a part of the solid matter of the earth's surface.
  • n. In surgery, the state of a part which is deprived of its natural covering, as a bone of the periosteum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the removal of covering

Etymologies

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Examples

  • I use it much as a geologist does the word denudation -- for an agent, expressing the result of several combined actions.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1

  • I have already referred to the rapid denudation which is going on in these islands, and to the extent to which they have been denuded within comparatively recent times.

    Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20) Wonders of Earth, Sea and Sky

  • Highlighting the importance of forests in sustaining the economy and maintaining ecology of J&K besides being an attraction for the tourists all over the world, Minister for Forests and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmad has impressed upon the officers to put in dedicated and sincere efforts to protect the green wealth from further degradation and denudation caused by some unscrupulous and knavish elements.

    Protect the green wealth in sustaining the economy and maintaining ecology of J&K

  • Moreover, the population density of the area surrounding the park, already very high (between 150 and 430 persons/km2), is increasing and the consequent denudation and erosion of the foothills outside the park boundary continues.

    Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda

  • From about 150 millions years ago the region experienced a process of denudation.

    Golden Mountains of Altai, Russian Federation

  • Degradation continued in many of the more susceptible environments, especially alluvial flats, with denudation of vegetation leading to the formation of deeply eroded gullies.

    Victoria Plains tropical savanna

  • This development has resulted in extensive denudation of these catchment areas and an attendant loss of vegetative cover on the steep slopes, an increase in the incidence of landslides, soil erosion, and siltation of drainage systems in the valley bottoms and ultimately, increased incidence of flash flooding.

    Water profile of St. Lucia

  • There, no more false appearances, no plastering over is possible, filth removes its shirt, absolute denudation puts to the rout all illusions and mirages, there is nothing more except what really exists, presenting the sinister form of that which is coming to an end.

    Les Miserables

  • Degradation continued in many of the more susceptible environments, especially alluvial flats, with denudation of vegetation leading to the formation of deeply eroded gullies and/or extensive sheet erosion in the Ord and Fitzroy systems.

    Kimberly tropical savanna

  • Because the mean continental elevation is approximately 850 m, this river-borne flux implies an annual conversion of approximately 370×1018 J of potential energy to kinetic energy of flowing water, the principal agent of geomorphic denudation shaping the earth's surfaces.

    Global material cycles

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