eraser

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n eraser an implement used to erase something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The eraser wasn't put onto pencils until 1858 by Hyman Lipman.
    • n Eraser One who, or that which, erases; esp., a sharp instrument or a piece of rubber used to erase writings, drawings, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n eraser One who or that which erases. Specifically— A sharp-pointed knife or blade set in a handle for scraping out ink-marks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Eraser one who, or that which, erases, as ink-eraser
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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
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    “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
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    “To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. eradĕree, out, radĕre, rasum, to scrape.

Usage

In literature:

Such a caricature could not be erased by compliments.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various
Let me erase everything by withdrawing what I have said to you.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
He tried to erase from his mind every impression of her, so that he might begin anew to understand her.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
It was as if fifteen years were erased from my life.
"Grey Roses" by Henry Harland
To erase these scars was the duty of the hour.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
To the contrary, he was seen to stroke his lips discreetly as if to erase a smile.
"The Day of Days" by Louis Joseph Vance
She erases one of these on the fifth, tenth, fifteenth, and twentieth day of the child's life.
"The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi" by Hattie Greene Lockett
Never in my life will the remembrance of the first appearance of Nattee, and the effect it had upon me, be erased from my memory.
"Japhet, In Search Of A Father" by Frederick Marryat
The impression she received was too deep ever to be erased.
"Jane Sinclair; Or, The Fawn Of Springvale The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
He has a liquid which will dissolve ink, erase it, obliterate it, leaving the paper spotless.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
No, no; erase that from your plea.
"What Is Free Trade?" by Frédérick Bastiat
The sepulchre was therefore opened once more, and the name Akhnaton was everywhere erased from the inscriptions.
"The Treasury of Ancient Egypt" by Arthur E. P. B. Weigall
As the writing can be erased, the book serves the purpose of a slate.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
Selfishness is going to be erased clean from the souls of many people by the time war is over.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
Every one of those two hundred words I erase five to ten times, polishing, substituting, seeking to express myself better.
"In the Mist of the Mountains" by Ethel Turner
I don't know what I said, if anything, and the suit recorder has no playback or eraser.
"Accidental Death" by Peter Baily
Yet they have had no power to erase the poetry of Donatello's mighty style.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
It seemed an altogether remarkable affair; but then, apparently, so was the eraser.
"Tutors' Lane" by Wilmarth Lewis
The words "previous chaste life" should be erased from the law and all female persons should be protected from the traders.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
And suddenly I realized that the face that held those staring eyes was erased!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930" by Victor Rousseau
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In poetry:

Some dummy built this pencil wrong,
The eraser's down here where the point belongs,
And the point's at the top - so it's no good to me,
It's amazing how stupid some people can be.
"Stupid Pencil Maker" by Shel Silverstein
I can not the past erase.
Christ shall blot the crooked out,
Leaving not the slightest trace
Of my sin, the lines about;
And will give me grace to write
Pages pleasing in His sight.
"The Copy" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Gladly would I all erase;
But along the lines of blue
You could still the failure trace
In the paper's darkened hue;
Though the words could not be seen,
You could trace where they had been.
"The Copy" by Joseph Horatio Chant
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
Or came in force the happy law
That customed things themselves erase?
Or was he too intent for awe?
Did love take all the thinking place?
I cannot tell; I only saw
An earnest, fearless, hopeless face.
"He Needed Not" by George MacDonald
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

In news:

According to a new poll conducted the AP, Romney has closed the gender gap, with Obama's wide 16-point margin almost erased.
Motivated by a bitter loss a week earlier, Archbishop Mitty began the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs Friday night determined to erase the memory.
While artists cannot erase tragedy with a single brushstroke, art can be used as a source of inspiration and hope for those in need.
Services Promise to Erase a Business's Negative Feedback on Sites Like Yelp and Angie's List, but Tactics Are Questioned.
Louis erases six-run deficit, stuns Nationals.
I actually have a tape somewhere which I erased the DJ's voice and recorded mine over the songs.
African-American kids are now as likely as their white peers to visit the dentist - erasing a once-large racial divide, a new study finds.
In case you weren't convinced that we've reached the campaign's silly season, the War on Dogs has arrived to erase all doubt.
Occupy Wall St Offshoot Aims to Erase People's Debts.
Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle.
In George Orwell 's "1984," government censors erase all traces of news articles embarrassing to Big Brother by sending them down an incineration chute called the "memory hole.".
He's filled a gallery at Harold Washington College with work by various artists that he says is about "erasing and overwriting onself, negatively and positively".
Rick Curtis certainly was hopeful about the prospects for a ballot question to erase the new sales tax on alcohol before Scott Brown's come-from-behind victory on Jan 19.
The Rosa Parks Act would allow anyone arrested because of segregationist laws to seek a pardon or have those records erased.
Paternity test can't erase a father's role: Editorial.
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In science:

The related random process, the “loop-erased random walk ”, , in which the loops of a simple RW are erased sequentially, could also be expected to be accessible to a rigorous approach.
Conformal Random Geometry
Schramm O (2000) Scaling limits of loops-erased random walks and uniform spanning trees Israel J.
SLE description of the nodal lines of random wave functions
Let (Gn )∞ n=1 be a sequence of finite graphs, and let Yt be the length of a loop-erased random walk on Gn after t steps.
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
We call |LE (λ)| the length of the loop-erased path.
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
For the loop-erased random walk on Zd with d ≥ 5, Lawler showed that a positive fraction of the vertices never get erased, so if the random walk is run for time n, then the length of the loop-erased path is also of order n, and the loop-erased random walk as a process converges to Brownian motion.
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
The loop-erased random walk on Z4 also converges to Brownian motion, as shown by Lawler in , but there is a logarithmic correction to the length of the path.
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
If the random walk is run for time n, the length of the loop-erased walk was shown by Lawler to be of the order n/(log n)1/3 .
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
The loop-erased random walk behaves much differently in dimensions two and three, but there has been recent progress in these lower dimensions.
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
Kozma established the existence of a scaling limit for the loop-erased random walk on Z3 , but the form of the limiting process remains unknown.
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
The conditions for case 1 are precisely the conditions assumed in by Peres and Revelle, who used loop-erased random walks to show that the scaling limit of the uniform spanning tree on these graphs as n → ∞ is the Brownian continuum random tree of Aldous .
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
Our goal is to study how the length of the loop-erased random walk on Gn evolves over time.
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
The linear growth then comes from the fact that most points have approximately the same probability of never being erased.
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
Therefore, when the long loop is erased, the length of the path is multipied by a fraction which is approximately uniformly distributed between 0 and 1.
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
As a result of this intuition, Jim Pitman conjectured that the length of the loop-erased random walk on Gn converges to a process called the Rayleigh process as n → ∞.
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
It is already known (see for case 1 and for case 2) that if x and y are vertices of Gn chosen uniformly at random, then the distribution of the length of the loop-erased random walk started at x and run until it hits y , suitably normalized, converges to the Rayleigh distribution as n → ∞.
Loop-erased random walk on finite graphs and the Rayleigh process
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