erase

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v erase remove from memory or existence "The Turks erased the Armenians in 1915"
    • v erase wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information "Who erased the files form my hard disk?"
    • v erase remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing "Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The eraser wasn't put onto pencils until 1858 by Hyman Lipman.
    • Erase Fig.: To obliterate; to expunge; to blot out; -- used of ideas in the mind or memory.
    • Erase To rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, or painted; to efface; to expunge; to cross out; as, to erase a word or a name.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • erase To rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, or painted; efface; blot or strike out; obliterate; expunge: as, to erase a word or a name.
    • erase Hence To remove or destroy, as if by rubbing or blotting out.
    • erase To destroy to the foundation; raze.
    • erase Synonyms Cancel, Obliterate, etc. (see efface); wipe out, rub off, remove.
    • erase In entomology, sinuate, with the sinuses cut into smaller irregular notches: applied especially to the wings of certain Lepidoptera.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Erase e-rās′ to rub or scrape out: to efface: to destroy
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Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things; and, once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him who would endeavor to erase them.”
  • Billy Zeoli
    Billy Zeoli
    “God has a big eraser.”
  • Oscar Levant
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    “There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.”
  • Orlando A. Battista
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    “Knowledge is the best eraser in the world for disharmony, distrust, despair, and the endless physical deficiencies of man.”
  • Luis Bunuel
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    “I can only wait for the final amnesia, the one that can erase an entire life.”
  • Josh Jenkins
    Josh Jenkins
    “To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. erasus, p. p. of eradere, to erase; e, out + radere, to scrape, scratch, shave. See Rase
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. eradĕree, out, radĕre, rasum, to scrape.

Usage

In literature:

Let me erase Catherine and her deficiencies from my mind for ever.
"The Argosy" by Various
General Botha asked if there were any objection to the delegates erasing any paragraph of the proposal sent by the British Government.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
His quizzical expression was erased as he saw his father's name and the girl watched his face for some evidence of resentment as he read on.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
Every single name was erased from every single piece of clothing: identification was impossible.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Yet they have had no power to erase the poetry of Donatello's mighty style.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
Yet they have had no power to erase the poetry of Donatello's mighty style.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
If he produced reasonable grounds, the names were erased and others substituted for them.
"The Customs of Old England" by F. J. Snell
So far as I'm concerned, the care with which the print has been erased is proof to me that the major saw just what he said.
"A Daughter of the Sioux" by Charles King
The fourth line seems to have been intentionally erased.
"Roman Britain in 1914" by F. Haverfield
All of the post people could be erased with one bomb at night.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
By and by he saw them all erased by the violent hands of the angry pope and his bishops.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
Consider it erased; and the other silly things I wrote you the other night, please.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Time never can erase the picture as it comes back in memory.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
I could not erase from my memory the injuries I had received, and my vindictive spirit continually brooded over them.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
He chose poverty and science, and earned a name never to be erased from the book of fame.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
She was sitting at her desk, busy altering sentences and erasing words, when Netta came into the room.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
They perform mysterious rites with ink-eraser.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
You are expelled, and I now proceed to erase your name from the books.
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
If you had understood one particle, that particle I would have erased.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
The business of the day may wipe it out as a sponge erases a record from a slate.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
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In poetry:

In every heart of all the race,
He'll ever have a sacred place,
His name can never be erased,
He is not dead!
"Douglass Dead?" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Searcher of Hearts!--from mine erase
All thoughts that should not be,
And in its deep recesses trace
My gratitude to Thee!
"Thy Will Be Done." by George Pope Morris
I love thee, my darling, with sacred affection,
Which death, nor the cycles of time shall efface;
Nor from my heart's mirror, erase thy reflection,
Nor tear thy fond heart from its fervent embrace.
"Love's Plea." by Alfred Castner King
NEW ENGLAND, we love thee; no time can erase
From the hearts of thy children the smile on thy face.
'T is the mother's fond look of affection and pride,
As she gives her fair son to the arms of his bride.
"Semi-Centennial Celebration Of The New England Society" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Of all the moments since our meeting,
When both seem'd fond and true,
Now thou art cold as they were fleeting,
Be this my last review:
No more—our hearts, our fates must sever,
And I erase thy name for ever!
"To a False Friend" by Louisa Stuart Costello
In the page of my life there appears
A sad passage that's written in tears!
Could but that be erased, I would give
All the remnant of days I may live:
yet the cause of the cloud on my brow
I have never disclosed until now--
"The Maid Of Saxony; Or, Who's The Traitor? - Act II" by George Pope Morris

In news:

Unlike a phone call, they leave a trail of evidence that's hard to erase.
A Block of Hotel Rooms Vanishes Into Thin Air , Every Trace of Us Erased.
His seven Tour de France titles erased from cycling's record books, Lance Armstrong still holds claim to one piece of sports hardware -- an Olympic medal.
More offense helps erase those July doldrums at the plate.
The total of 8.23 inches of rain at Reading Regional Airport for the month nearly erased the annual rainfall deficit there.
NEW ORLEANS — The most bizarre minute of football you're likely to witness erased a half of domination and sent them to the locker room trailing by four points.
Stephen Hayes says White House is trying to erase its Yemen detainee policy (Weekly Standard).
In July, the Legislature squeezed out a budget to erase a $5 billion deficit.
Erase your wrinkles and more with the help of vitamin A .
A 17-point play in a boys basketball game in Sacramento was erased this week after the league heard an appeal and agreed that the referees in the game had assessed too many technical fouls and awarded too many free throws.
College Board erases its SAT-for-the- well-heeled -only mistake.
Furyk can't erase but hopes to soothe sting of tough year with win in McGladrey Classic.
Even the master Etch-a-Sketcher couldn't erase his dismissive tone toward the 47 percent.
Knicks' head coach Mike Woodson almost saw his team erase another double-digit fourth-quarter deficit against a Texas power.
After months of pressure from skeptical creditors and residents, city officials have prepared a budget plan that could erase a $45.8 million deficit.
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In science:

So, if φ : H S → H S ′ is a morphism, then by ”erasing” symplectic structures ω 2 and ω2 from H S and H S ′ respectively we will obtain a morphism of general dynamical systems.
Order Reduction of Optimal Control Systems
Using Pemantle’s result that dT (x, y) is equal in distribution to the length of a loop-erased random walk from x to y , (1) gives the limiting distribution of the length of LERW from x to y in Zd n .
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
Loop-erased random walks and Wilson’s algorithm.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
In the case when γ is the path of a random walk that starts at x and is stopped when it reaches y , we call LE(γ ) a loop-erased random walk (LERW) from x to y .
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
In the special case of Gn = Zd n , Benjamini and Kozma showed that the typical length of the loop-erased path is only of the order of |Gn |1/2 , meaning that almost all of the original path is erased.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
In order to make this rescaling argument work, we will show in Section 4 that short pieces of a loop-erased random walk retain a positive proportion of their length.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
Section 5 then combines these pieces of the walk to show that longer lengths of loop-erased walk have a behavior that is tightly concentrated around the mean behavior.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
For the random walk on G∗ n,L , we will again define a collection of indicator random variables {Iij } and index sets {Sj }, but the difference now is that the indices will represent a moderately long segment of the loop-erased random walk instead of individual points.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
There are some problems: if LEs(Ai ) is involved in a long loop, then part of it is erased.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
Moreover, when hXt iT t=0 is locally decomposable, the only difference between ∪i∈Sℓ LEs(Ai ) and LEhXt iT t=0 are from the gaps of length 3s between the Ai , the runs that were erased during the single intersections CT , and the final run LEs hXt iT t=(ℓ−1)r .
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
Itai Benjamini and Gady Kozma, Loop-erased random walk on a torus in dimensions 4 and above, Comm.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
Lawler, Oded Schramm, and Wendelin Werner, Conformal invariance of planar loop-erased random walks and uniform spanning trees, Ann.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
Russell Lyons, Yuval Peres, and Oded Schramm, Markov chain intersections and the loop-erased walk, Ann.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
Oded Schramm, Scaling limits of loop-erased random walks and uniform spanning trees, Israel J.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
But from this perspective, they specifically offer the opportunity to probe the question of why information tends to be erased as time passes, and to gain insight into how new information is generated.
The Deep Physics Behind the Second Law: Information and Energy As Independent Forms of Bookkeeping
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