What does erode mean?

Definitions for erodeɪˈroʊd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word erode.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. erode, gnaw, gnaw at, eat at, wear away(verb)

    become ground down or deteriorate

    "Her confidence eroded"

  2. erode, eat away, fret(verb)

    remove soil or rock

    "Rain eroded the terraces"


  1. erode(Verb)

    To wear away by abrasion, corrosion or chemical reaction

Webster Dictionary

  1. Erode(verb)

    to eat into or away; to corrode; as, canker erodes the flesh

  2. Origin: [L. erodere, erosum; e out + rodere to gnaw. See Rodent.]


  1. Erode

    Erode is a city, a municipal corporation and the headquarters of Erode district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is situated at the center of the South Indian Peninsula, about 400 kilometres southwest of the state capital Chennai and about 80 kilometres east of Coimbatore on the banks of the river Kaveri. It is well known for hand loom, power loom textile products and ready made garments. It is referred to as 'loom city' or 'turmeric city'.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Erode

    e-rōd′, v.t. to eat away: to wear away.—n. Erō′dent, a caustic drug.—adj. Erōse′, gnawed.—n. Erō′sion, act or state of eating or being eaten away.—adj. Erō′sive, having the property of eating away. [L. e, out, rodĕre, rosum, to gnaw.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of erode in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of erode in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Cooper Quintin:

    I think that this could erode ... confidentiality when dealing with medical data and medical information.

  2. Martin Dempsey:

    The first thing that begins to erode and disappear is simultaneity, we're going to be less likely to be able to do more than one major thing at a time.

  3. Public Health report:

    Without action, it is likely that California's more than two decades of progress to prevent and reduce traditional tobacco use will erode as e-cigarettes re-normalize smoking behavior.

  4. Cooper Quintin:

    Third-party embedded websites are troubling because they can be used to track you and track your reading when you're browsing the Web, i think that this could erode ... confidentiality when dealing with medical data and medical information.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Love and Respect are the two best investments in any economy. More you give, more are the returns. No market fluctuations can ever erode these two life-long investments. So be smart, be savvy, and start your day with investing in Love and Respect.

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Translations for erode

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • еродирам, разяждамBulgarian
  • erodierenGerman
  • syövyttää, kuluttaa, jäytääFinnish
  • éroderFrench
  • corrodere, rodere, erodereItalian
  • aantasten, uitslijten, verweren, inbijten, afslijten, aanvreten, uitbijten, eroderen, corroderenDutch
  • erodirPortuguese

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