verb (erased; erasing) Etymology: Latin erasus, past participle of eradere, from e- + radere to scratch, scrape — more at rodent Date: 1605 transitive verb 1. a. to rub or scrape out (as written, painted, or engraved letters) <
erase an error
b. to remove written or drawn marks from <
erase a blackboard
c. to remove (recorded matter) from a magnetic medium; also to remove recorded matter from <
erase a videotape
d. to delete from a computer storage device <
erase a file
2. a. to remove from existence or memory as if by erasing b. to nullify the effect or force of intransitive verb to yield to erasure • erasability nounerasable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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