verb (eroded; eroding) Etymology: Latin erodere to eat away, from e- + rodere to gnaw — more at rodent Date: 1612 transitive verb 1. to diminish or destroy by degrees: a. to eat into or away by slow destruction of substance (as by acid, infection, or cancer) b. to wear away by the action of water, wind, or glacial ice <
flooding eroded the hillside
c. to cause to deteriorate or disappear as if by eating or wearing away <
inflation eroding buying power
2. to produce or form by eroding <
glaciers erode U-shaped valleys
intransitive verb to undergo erosion <
where the land has eroded away
erodibility nounerodible also erodable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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