wearing away

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Noun1.wearing away - (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)wearing away - (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
chatter mark - marks on a glaciated rock caused by the movement of a glacier
ablation - the erosive process that reduces the size of glaciers
attrition, corrasion, detrition, abrasion - erosion by friction
beach erosion - the erosion of beaches
geologic process, geological process - (geology) a natural process whereby geological features are modified
deflation - (geology) the erosion of soil as a consequence of sand and dust and loose rocks being removed by the wind; "a constant deflation of the desert landscape"
planation - the process of erosion whereby a level surface is produced
soil erosion - the washing away of soil by the flow of water
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The tides in most cases reach the cliffs only for a short time twice a day, and the waves eat into them only when they are charged with sand or pebbles; for there is reason to believe that pure water can effect little or nothing in wearing away rock.
The Sawhorse wore wooden shoes to keep his wooden legs from wearing away, and he was strong and swift.
He was to blame in wearing away his youth in contemplation with the end of poetizing in his manhood.
He said that he was wearing away his time fruitlessly where he was, that letters from the friends he had formed in London desired his return to complete the negotiation they had entered into for his Indian enterprise.
She's wearing away under it--just wearing away before my eyes.
They precisely resemble in composition the matter which the torrents in each valley would deposit, if they were checked in their course by any cause, such as entering a lake or arm of the sea; but the torrents, instead of depositing matter, are now steadily at work wearing away both the solid rock and these alluvial deposits, along the whole line of every main valley and side valley.
On some units, a parking brake cable can rub on the fuel tank, wearing away a protective coating.
But in the slow, soul destroying, wearing away of human dignity that comes with prolonged worklessness.
The wearing away of earth is also fracturing the roads.
The mainly Saxon and Norman building at Wootton Wawen, between Henley-in-Arden and Stratford-upon-Avon, is in danger of wearing away with age.
We now know that it is possible that joints which are wearing away have the potential to recover.
Landscape and Rural Affairs Minister Jonathan Shaw's tour of rural Northumberland took him from a valley hit by flooding to a hilltop wearing away because of its popularity.