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

  • adj. Causing erosion: the erosive effect of ocean waves on the shoreline.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or pertaining to erosion
  • adj. causing or tending to cause erosion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That erodes or gradually eats away; tending to erode; corrosive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the property of eating away or corroding; corrosive.
  • Wearing away; acting by erosion.

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

  • adj. wearing away by friction
  • adj. of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action


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  • As for the water, being free and erosive is piercing the skin to a point at the south.

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  • Prescription KAPIDEX capsules are used in adults to treat heartburn related to ARD, to heal acid-related damage to the lining of the esophagus (called erosive esophagitis or EE), and to stop EE from coming back.

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  • A recent study had revealed that prolonged consumption of sports drinks may be linked to a condition known as erosive tooth wear, in which acids eat away the tooth's smooth hard enamel coating and trickle into the bonelike material underneath, causing the tooth to soften and weaken.

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  • The condition, called erosive tooth wear, can result in severe tooth damage and tooth loss, if not treated.


  • If varmit shooting would cooling between shots help or is it just the erosive power of each shot?

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  • Several commenters raised truly big problems that our culture faces; even our Christian culture, with men's habits and the erosive effects they have on the family and so many women ...

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  • But this dune isn't likely to be active anymore -- erosive processes have made the slip face on its far left side appear ragged, and the long shadowed cracks running along the dune's southern side away from the sun are probably caused by permafrost slowly deforming the dune.

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  • "We are very conscious of the erosive properties of the sea but despite all that we've taken advice and consulted with experts and we are hoping that we can recover Peter Wilson's remains," he said.

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  • And any groups organized for working people in any capacity, particularly teachers, are under considerable erosive pressure as it is.

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  • The ongoing fighting and the lack of security are chief concerns among Afghans, and have an erosive effect on the image of the Afghan government.

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