To eat into or away; to corrode; as, canker erodes the flesh.
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\e*rode"\, v. t. (geol. & phys. geog.) (a) to wear away; as, streams and glaciers erode the land. (b) to produce by erosion, or wearing away; as, glaciers erode u-shaped valleys.
\e*rode"\ (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. eroded; p. pr. & vb. n. eroding.] [l. erodere, erosum; e out + rodere to gnaw. see rodent.] to eat into or away; to corrode; as, canker erodes the flesh. "the blood erodes the vessels." the smaller charge is more apt to erode the gun. cyc.
1. become ground down or deteriorate; "her confidence eroded" [syn: gnaw, gnaw at, eat at, wear away]
2. remove soil or rock, as of wind or water; "rain eroded the terraces" [syn: eat away, fret]