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Definitions of erosion

  1. erosion by chemical action Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. condition in which the earth's surface is worn away by the action of water and wind Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. a gradual decline of something; "after the accounting scandal there was an erosion of confidence in the auditors" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. The act or operation of eroding or eating away. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The state of being eaten away; corrosion; canker. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The wearing away of the earth's surface by any natural process. The chief agent of erosion is running water; minor agents are glaciers, the wind, and waves breaking against the coast. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The act of wearing away; gradual destruction or eating away. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. A wearing away; a state of being worn away. In dentistry the wearing away of the surface of a tooth by chemical action. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  11. Ulceration that is slowly eating away tissue. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  12. The act or operation of eating or wearing away: specifically, in med. the gradual destruction of the substance of a part by ulceration, or by increased action of the absorbents, whether spontaneous or excited by the action of some irritating substance: the state of being eaten or worn away; corrosion; canker. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. The wearing away of rocks, as by water. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. The act or operation of eating away; the state of being eaten away; the action of a stream in hollowing out its channel. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. The act of gradually wearing away; the state of being gradually worn away. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Decay which usually starts at the apex of many gastropod shells. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  17. [Latin] Decay which usually starts at apex of many gastropod shells. na
  18. The action of a corrosive substance, or the gradual destruction of a part by a substance of that kind. It is often employed in the same sense as ulceration,-spontaneous erosion. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  19. [Latin] A gnawing or eating away; destruction as by gnawing; as E. of bone. na
  20. [Latin] An ulcer; particularly, one produced, actually or apparently, by irritants acting from the outside. Erosive[Latin], producing or accompanied by e. na
  21. Disintegration of structure : an eating away. American pocket medical dictionary.
  22. A circumscribed superficial loss of substance; as in e. of the cervix uteri or chancrous e. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  23. An eating away; the action and the effect of a corrosive substance. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  24. [L., a gnawing away.] (Geol.) A wearing away ; e.g. a valley formed gradually by water-erosion. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  25. n. [Latin] Act or operation of eating away; — the state of being eaten away; corrosion; canker. Cabinet Dictionary
  26. The act of eating away; the state of being eaten away. Complete Dictionary

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