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v. e·rod·ed, e·rod·ing, e·rodes
1. To wear (something) away by erosion: Waves eroded the shore.
2. To eat into or eat away the substance of: Acidic water erodes pipes. Arthritis had eroded the cartilage.
3. To make or form by wearing away: The river eroded a deep valley.
4. To cause to diminish or deteriorate: "Long enduring peace often erodes popular resolution" (C.L. Sulzberger).
1. To become worn or eaten away: The cliffs have eroded over the centuries.
2. To diminish or deteriorate: Public confidence in the administration eroded.

[Latin ērōdere, to gnaw off, eat away : ē-, ex-, ex- + rōdere, to gnaw; see rēd- in Indo-European roots.]

e·rod′i·bil′i·ty n.
e·rod′i·ble adj.


the ability to erode
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The study used geological surveys to produce an erodibility map.
Soil erosion receives between 0 and 100 points; the allocation of points exhibits sharply diminishing marginal returns, with no points awarded for an erodibility index below 4, 79 points for an erodibility index of 4, 92 points for an erodibility index of 5, and 97-100 points for erodibility indexes of 6-9.
The various soil parameters included soil moisture, soil water storage, scale depth, soil surface properties (crust storage) and erodibility.
Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University faculty members and graduate students work together to measure soil erodibility using the Jet Erosion Test (JET) device in the Fort Cobb Reservoir watershed in Oklahoma.
The main aim of this research is to quantify the soil erosion in Wadi Yalamlam through examining the soil erodibility K-factor under different levels of soil data availability using the RUSLE model.
For instance, the disturbance associated with construction frequently exposes the subsoil (or new soil may be brought in from elsewhere) hence the erodibility values along the road will differ to those of the region (Barrett et al.
Soil surface horizon Kw, the soil erodibility factor of the Revised Universal Loss Equation, was used to estimate the potential soil susceptibility to erosion, disaggregation and physical crust formation (USDA-NRCS 2014).
The equation components include: potential average annual soil loss in tons per acre per year (A); rainfall erosivity factor (R); the soil erodibility factor (K); the lengthslope factor (LS); and crop management factors (C and P) that were provided by the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).
Determination of erodibility degree of soils with use of hydro-physical characteristics (on the example of zonal types of soils of the Chuvash Republic).