1. [syn: erosion, eroding, eating away, wearing, wearing away]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Erode \E*rode"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Eroded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Eroding.] [L. erodere, erosum; e out + rodere to gnaw. See
1. To eat into or away; to corrode; as, canker erodes the
flesh. "The blood . . . erodes the vessels." --Wiseman.
The smaller charge is more apt to . . . erode the
gun. --Am. Cyc.
2. (Geol. & Phys. Geog.)
(a) To wear away; as, streams and glaciers erode the land.
(b) To produce by erosion, or wearing away; as, glaciers
erode U-shaped valleys.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
3. to reduce or lessen as if by eroding; as, a politician's
base of support is eroded by evidence of corruption; the
buying power of the dollar is eroded by inflation. [fig.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding
something down (as by particles washing over it) [syn:
erosion, eroding, eating away, wearing, wearing