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
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
CAMOUFLAGE EXTENSION CORD is manufactured with a unique process using a clear PVC jacket over the camouflage pattern that is resistant to fading, peeling or wearing away.
As the Gobi creeps closer to the wall, particles of sand and dirt per the structure, wearing away its surface.
Let us count the ways: 1) chipped, cracked or fractured front teeth that can only be repaired with fillings or crowns, 2) infection that easily spreads throughout the body, 3) risk of disease, such as hepatitis, 4) blood loss from broken vessels, 5) irreversible nerve damage, 6) barbells wearing away at gums, which can lead to tooth loss, 7) scars, cysts and a second tongue, a large lump adjacent to the piercing.
It offers a slow, controlled wearing away of paint film to eliminate yearly build-up of bottom paint and keep the hull smooth.
The success of Brokeback Mountain is not about a public hunger for gay stories, but that the sociocultural resistance to them is wearing away," says out producer and director Alan Poul, whose credits include Six Feet Under, My So-called Life, and three Tales of the City miniseries.