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Jul
30
2014

erode

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transitive verb
definition 1:  to slowly wear away, eat into, or destroy by the action of friction or as if by friction.
example:  Wind erodes the unprotected topsoil.
example:  The river eroded the limestone and created a gorge.
example:  Peer pressure eroded her resistance.
example:  Jealousy eroded their friendship.

definition 2:  to form (a geological feature) by wearing away, esp. by the action of water, ice, or wind.
example:  The river eroded a deep channel for itself over the years.

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