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e·rode

 (ĭ-rōd′)
v. e·rod·ed, e·rod·ing, e·rodes
v.tr.
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).
v.intr.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eroding - (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)eroding - (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 - 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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