What does erosion mean?

Definitions for erosion
ɪˈroʊ ʒənero·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. erosion, eroding, eating away, wearing, wearing awaynoun

    (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)

  2. erosionnoun

    condition in which the earth's surface is worn away by the action of water and wind

  3. erosionnoun

    a gradual decline of something

    "after the accounting scandal there was an erosion of confidence in the auditors"

  4. corrosion, corroding, erosionnoun

    erosion by chemical action


  1. erosionnoun

    The result of having been being worn away or eroded, as by a glacier on rock or the sea on a cliff face

    Etymology: From erosio, derived from erodere, possibly via erosionem and Middle French erosion.

  2. erosionnoun

    The changing of a surface by mechanical action, friction, thermal expansion contraction, or impact.

    Etymology: From erosio, derived from erodere, possibly via erosionem and Middle French erosion.

  3. erosionnoun

    Destruction by abrasive action of fluids.

    Etymology: From erosio, derived from erodere, possibly via erosionem and Middle French erosion.

  4. erosionnoun

    One of two fundamental operations in morphological image processing from which all other morphological operations are derived.

    Etymology: From erosio, derived from erodere, possibly via erosionem and Middle French erosion.

  5. erosionnoun

    Loss of tooth enamel due to non-bacteriogenic chemical processes.

    Etymology: From erosio, derived from erodere, possibly via erosionem and Middle French erosion.

  6. erosionnoun

    A shallow ulceration or lesion, usually involving skin or epithelial tissue.

    Etymology: From erosio, derived from erodere, possibly via erosionem and Middle French erosion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Erosionnoun

    the act or operation of eroding or eating away

    Etymology: [L. erosio. See Erode.]

  2. Erosionnoun

    the state of being eaten away; corrosion; canker

    Etymology: [L. erosio. See Erode.]


  1. Erosion

    Erosion is the process by which soil and rock are removed from the Earth's surface by exogenetic processes such as wind or water flow, and then transported and deposited in other locations. While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10-40 times the rate at which erosion is occurring globally. Excessive erosion causes problems such as desertification, decreases in agricultural productivity due to land degradation, sedimentation of waterways, and ecological collapse due to loss of the nutrient rich upper soil layers. Water and wind erosion are now the two primary causes of land degradation; combined, they are responsible for 84% of degraded acreage, making excessive erosion one of the most significant global environmental problems. Industrial agriculture, deforestation, roads, anthropogenic climate change and urban sprawl are amongst the most significant human activities in regard to their effect on stimulating erosion. However, there are many available alternative land use practices that can curtail or limit erosion, such as terrace-building, no-till agriculture, and revegetation of denuded soils.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'erosion' in Nouns Frequency: #2579

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of erosion in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of erosion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of erosion in a Sentence

  1. Raimund Roeseler:

    A possible erosion of lending standards in conjunction with reduced risk provisioning can lead to a threat to financial stability, we are therefore taking a closer look at this.

  2. Pat Riley:

    When a milestone is conquered, the subtle erosion called entitlement begins its consuming grind. The team regards its greatness as a trait and a right. Half hearted effort becomes habit and saps a champion.

  3. Carl Lipo:

    But under the conditions of warfare, weapons are going to have performance characteristics. And they're going to be very carefully fashioned for that purpose because it matters... You would cut somebody [ with a mata'a ], but they certainly wouldn't be lethal in any way. Related : Ancient Roman brooch contains' lovely' palindrome Some scientists have estimated, that, at its height, Easter Island’s population may have been as high as 20,000, but fell over centuries after the island’s trees and palms were cut down to build canoes and transport its famous giant statues. One theory suggests that the deforestation led to soil erosion, impacting the island’s ability to support wildlife and farming, and the collapse of its civilization. When the Dutch arrived at the island in 1722, its population was 3,000 or less. Only 111 inhabitants were living on Easter Island by 1877. Other experts, however, have questioned whether Easter Island ever supported a large population, citing instead the arrival of Europeans, who brought diseases and took islanders away as slaves. Related : Ancient 4,500-year-old boat discovered in Egypt What people traditionally think about Easter Island is being this island of catastrophe and collapse just isn't true in a pre-historic sense, populations were successful and lived sustainably on Easter Island up until European contact.

  4. Scott Durkin:

    If you've got something that has the elements of the strong weather or... subject to heavy winds and waves breaking and beach erosion, you have to really think twice. You may want to get the inspection on the way in before you even negotiate, just so you know for yourself.

  5. Rasikh Barkat:

    Right now, there is massive erosion in the villages along the shoreline. Fishermen complained to us that they didn’t have enough space to moor their boats. Buildings along the shorelines are caving in, also, rice fields at the back of the villages are affected because sea water is intruding into them due to failure of coastal aquifers. The entire area coastline will be inundated if the sea level rises above 1 meter.

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