Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To divest of covering; make bare.
  • transitive verb Geology To expose (rock strata) by erosion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

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

  • transitive verb To divest of all covering; to make bare or naked; to strip; to divest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To divest of all covering; to make bare or naked; to strip; to divest; as, to denude one of clothing, or lands.

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

  • verb lay bare

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin dēnūdāre : dē-, de- + nūdāre, to make bare (from nūdus, nude; see nogw- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Latin denudare, de- + nudus, bare

Examples

  • Besides, does the word 'denude' occur in any writer before, or of, Shakspeare's age?

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • Most importantly of all, until this afternoon we had heard no sustained challenge from the White House to either the vision or the math behind the Ryan budget, even though the evidence is already overwhelming that its implementation would immediately add at least 600,000 to the unemployment rolls and more slowly denude the entire US welfare net of vital public funding.

    David Coates: The Danger of Losing the Plot So Early in the Play

  • Back then, cities were being taken on by planning to denude them; the British new town strategy was almost always the preferred one.

    Todd Reisz: Making Sense of the City

  • If we solve the energy problem without solving the population problem we will continue to infest the planet as we denude it of water, minerals and other finite resources, displacing natural fauna and flora to grow our food.

    Books, Ebooks and the Environment « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Back then, cities were being taken on by planning to denude them; the British new town strategy was almost always the preferred one.

    Todd Reisz: Making Sense of the City

  • Most importantly of all, until this afternoon we had heard no sustained challenge from the White House to either the vision or the math behind the Ryan budget, even though the evidence is already overwhelming that its implementation would immediately add at least 600,000 to the unemployment rolls and more slowly denude the entire US welfare net of vital public funding.

    David Coates: The Danger of Losing the Plot So Early in the Play

  • Moscow argues that the shield will denude its own strike capabilities, and has called for the U.S. to deploy a shield with Russia or abolish the plan altogether.

    Russia May Target U.S. Missile Defense Sites

  • Back then, cities were being taken on by planning to denude them; the British new town strategy was almost always the preferred one.

    Todd Reisz: Making Sense of the City

  • As a result, the domestic herds denude the land of CO2-absorbing plants and churn up the ground with their hooves, releasing soil-sequestered carbon in the process.

    US Cattle Farmers Adopt Eco-Friendly Methods

  • Back then, cities were being taken on by planning to denude them; the British new town strategy was almost always the preferred one.

    Todd Reisz: Making Sense of the City

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