Erode E*rode", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Eroded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Eroding}.] [L. erodere, erosum; e out + rodere to gnaw. See {Rodent}.] 1. To eat into or away; to corrode; as, canker erodes the flesh. ``The blood . . . erodes the vessels.'' --Wiseman. [1913 Webster]

The smaller charge is more apt to . . . erode the gun. --Am. Cyc. [1913 Webster]

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.] [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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