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. John Dundon:

    Boundaries erode all the time between practitioner and taxpayer.

  2. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble:

    It shows how important it is (...) that we ensure that our tax basis doesn't erode.

  3. Cooper Quintin:

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

  4. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto:

    If NATO does not continue the enlargement process that would also erode NATO's credibility significantly.

  5. Brian Schaap:

    Unless donors renew their commitments to support forest conservation in the country, the progress made early on will begin to erode.

Images & Illustrations of erode

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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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