Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In geology, the scraping away of a rock by the action on it of rock fragments moved by wind or water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Geol.) The erosion of the bed of a stream by running water, principally by attrition of the detritus carried along by the stream, but also by the solvent action of the water.

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  • noun An instance of corrading, i.e. wearing away by abrasion

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  • noun erosion by friction

Etymologies

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Ultimately from Latin corrasus, the past participle of corradere ("to scrape together"), itself from cor- (a form of con- 'together') + radere ("to scratch, scrape").

Examples

  • Owsley was able to determine the body's position relative to the river by patterns of "corrasion" - wear by water-bourne sediment - on the bone.

    Doug Owsley on Kennewick Man

  • Owsley was able to determine the body's position relative to the river by patterns of "corrasion" - wear by water-bourne sediment - on the bone.

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  • Abrasion: (this is also known as corrasion) - this is where rock fragments are hurled at cliffs by breaking waves, gradually scraping away at the cliff face; the load acts as a grinding tool.

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  • Bones on the left side of the body showed consistent patterns of corrasion, more than on the right side, indicating that this was the side of the body that eroded out of the bank first.

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  • Bones on the left side of the body showed consistent patterns of corrasion, more than on the right side, indicating that this was the side of the body that eroded out of the bank first.

    Doug Owsley on Kennewick Man

  • Nowhere else on the face of the globe is one so vividly impressed by the vastness of the work of corrasion as in the northwestern part of

    Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania

  • It is also clear that if, by some chance, the precipitation of the high sources should increase, the corrasion of the stream-beds in the canyons would likewise increase and outrun with still greater ease the erosion of their immediate surroundings.

    The Romance of the Colorado River

  • Admitting that the sharper declivity of the Kanab would enhance its power of corrasion, nevertheless we should expect to see it approach the Grand Canyon by leaps and bounds, like the

    The Romance of the Colorado River

  • * In connection with the subject of erosion and corrasion the reader is advised to study the following works, which are the standards: The

    The Romance of the Colorado River

  • It seems possible that there may have been in this region some great lake which lifted the waters up to the top of the ridge to begin their work of corrasion.

    The Romance of the Colorado River

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  • In debate there will be occasion

    Of failure to move by persuasion.

    Who will not be swayed

    You must slowly abrade

    And subdue by relentless corrasion.

    January 23, 2015