Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

Latin ērōdere, to gnaw off, eat away : ē-, ex-, ex- + rōdere, to gnaw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Meanwhile Americans will be discouraged from doing the right things to mitigate the impact of higher gas prices and the nationwide system of roads will further erode from a failure to properly fund upkeep from the fuel tax.

    McCain unyielding in call for gas tax relief

  • It got to the point where the aluminum coating started to erode from the bracelet and I had to apply medical tape to the inside to prevent my wrist from becoming green.

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  • For that dynamic to erode is to mean Iraq has a chance at being a functional, healthy, successful state.

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  • Toyota, the world's largest automaker, has lost almost $34 billion in market value in the past two weeks and today had its "AA" debt rating put under review by Standard & Poor's as the recalls erode its brand image.

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  • Toyota, the world's largest automaker, has lost almost $34 billion in market value in the past two weeks and yesterday had its "AA" debt rating put under review by Standard & Poor's as the recalls erode its brand image.

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  • In September 2009, Patterson advised against public comment on reports of extra-judicial killings by Pakistan's military, saying such statements would "erode" goodwill within the Pakistani leadership.

    In WikiLeaks cables from Pakistan, U.S. officials struggle for leverage

  • In any event, it will definitely be the case that certain suburbs "erode" while others stay strong.

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  • In response to Rep. John Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Defense, Gen. Peter Pace made the amazing argument that, if the military was forced by Democrats in Congress to live up to their own established standards for readiness it would actually 'erode' their fighting ability.

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  • Because, yes, it would "erode" their "influence" around the world to some extent.

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  • Enforcement of the public's right to use waters of the U.S. does not "erode" private property rights, because those rights have never actually existed under the law.

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