American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To divest of covering; make bare.
- v. Geology To expose (rock strata) by erosion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strip or divest of all covering; make bare or naked.
- Specifically In geology, to wear away and remove surface or overlying matter, and thus make bare and expose to view (the underlying strata).
- Synonyms To bare, lay bare, uncover.
- v. To divest of all covering; to make bare or naked; to strip; to divest; as, to denude one of clothing, or lands.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To divest of all covering; to make bare or naked; to strip; to divest.
- v. lay bare
- Middle English, from Latin denudare, de- + nudus, bare (Wiktionary)
- Latin dēnūdāre : dē-, de- + nūdāre, to make bare (from nūdus, nude; see nogw- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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