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erode

e·rode

erode

 
 
pronunciation:
ih rod
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: eroded, erodes, eroding
definition 1: to slowly wear away, eat into, or destroy by the action of friction or the like.
Wind erodes the unprotected topsoil.The river eroded the limestone and created a gorge.Peer pressure eroded her resistance.
synonyms:
abrade, wear away
similar words:
chafe, corrode, eat, fret, gnaw, scour, shrivel, wash
definition 2: to form (a geological feature) by wearing away, esp. by the action of water, ice, or wind.
The river eroded a deep channel for itself over the years.
synonyms:
wear
similar words:
abrade, fret, scour, wash
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become worn away or eaten into.
Where topsoil erodes, deserts sometimes form.
synonyms:
wear away
similar words:
corrode, fret, perish, rot, wash away
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