wear away

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wear away become ground down or deteriorate "Her confidence eroded"
    • v wear away diminish, as by friction "Erosion wore away the surface"
    • v wear away cut away in small pieces
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wear away to impair, consume
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Quotations

  • Lucretius
    Lucretius
    “The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. werian, to wear; Ice. verja, to cover, Goth. wasjan.

Usage

In literature:

Rivers wear away their banks and carry them along in their waters in the form of a fine sediment.
"The Science of Fingerprints" by Federal Bureau of Investigation
It will wear away soon enough.
"The Moving Picture Girls" by Laura Lee Hope
I sent it away to be cleaned, and that's why I'm wearing my best one.
"The Outdoor Girls at Ocean View" by Laura Lee Hope
Time will wear away the hallucination, if you women only hold your tongues.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
He would wear away the scruples of Sheba by the pressure of his masterful will.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
The light of the autumn afternoon was wearing away rapidly.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
A search of the room he occupied showed that he had gone away wearing his every-day clothes.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
They exhaust, wear away, break down with work and rebuild on food and rest.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
Hobro, situated on a fjord, wears an air of seclusion, lying as it does far away from the railway-station.
"Denmark" by M. Pearson Thomson
If she went on licking long enough she would wear away the skin.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
The short July night wears rapidly away in the high latitudes of the Northwest.
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
They wear uniforms that can't be seen any great distance away.
"The Boy Scouts on the Trail" by George Durston
When the excitement of landing and the newness of this life began to wear away, the days seemed much alike.
"Some Three Hundred Years Ago" by Edith Gilman Brewster
He asked her to clean his boots, but as she was carrying them away he called her back and said he would wear them as they were.
"The Shrieking Pit" by Arthur J. Rees
The constant wash of the waves wears it away.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
Dark, dark night, wilt thou never wear away?
"Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife" by Charles Kingsley
That Mr Limpney will wear your brains all away.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
Priscilla, her face wearing a most determined expression, wheeled him away.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
Amine had the intuitive good sense to feel that strong impressions wear away when the objects connected with them are removed.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
The hours wear away, and the candles are snuffed again and again.
"The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees" by Mary Caroline Crawford
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In poetry:

Aw can't tell why a workin man
Should wear his life away,
Wol maisters grasp at all they can,
An grudge a chap his pay.
"Aw Can't Tell" by John Hartley
Then cleaving quick the balmy air,
A cherub grown in endless day,
Thy Saviour's noblest image wear,
And in Hosannahs melt away.
"On The Tomb Of An Infant" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
"I sow," said Spring, "but my flowers decay
When the year turns weak and old,
When the breath of the bleak wind wears them away,
And they wither and droop in the mould.
"The Two Sowers" by Alexander Anderson
Blow on me, wind, out of the early morn,
And bear away from me the wear and fret;
Bring me the perfume of the blooming corn,
And I will sing through many a springtime yet!
"A Breath Of Morn" by Maurice Thompson
A little book, this grim November day,
Wherein, O tired heart, to creep away,—
Come drink this wine and wear this fadeless rose,
Nor heed the world, nor what the world shall say.
"In A Copy of Fitzgerald's "Omar"" by Richard Le Gallienne
I am wearing away like the snow in the sun,
I am wearing away from the pain in my heart;
But ne'er shall he know, who my peace has undone,
How bitter, how lasting, how deep is my smart.
"Song. "I am wearing away"" by Amelia Opie

In news:

With the Fremont Daffodil Festival only a day away, a few of the former Miss Daffodils look back fondly on the town and their time wearing their crown.
Position players don't wear helmets and are one freak line drive away from a career ending injury or possibly death.
Diddy turned away 60 people at his Election Night birthday party for not wearing "presidential attire," which for him included "a pinky ring the size of a Ping-Pong ball," which we can totally see the president-elect rocking … not.
The boy was wearing only a T-shirt in chilly weather when he apparently ran away from school Tuesday.
While it may seem wearing perfume is a simple process of spray and walk away, fragrance is a fickle beast.
This style lets you get away with wearing something more casual to your next business meeting.
NBA history, but even he can't get away with wearing cargo shorts on a golf course.
Even Michael Jordan can't get away with wearing cargo shorts.
Cheerleaders may wear cute outfits and position themselves far away from any in-game action, but what they actually do can be pretty dangerous .
NBA history, but even he can't get away with wearing cargo shorts on a golf course .
Mount Ida 's relentless rushing attack rolled up 537 yards, eventually wearing down Quitman as the Lions pulled away in the second half, scoring 35 unanswered points for a 70-49 victory in a 5-2A confe.
Myra Bacon has no fear of the bright lights, hospital gown she is wearing or the strange device that is beeping away at her neck.
Wearing his usual gentle smile, their professor , Ray Shea, would then tell them: "You are as far away from home as you could be, and you are still on the face of Earth.".
Men's Lacrosse To Honor Towson Students That Passed Away Tigers To Wear All Black Uniforms.
Chikara "Ricky" Sasaki, the CEO of Theory , has passed away in Tokoyo at the age of sixty, Women's Wear Daily has reported.
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In science:

Does this Aleph exist in the heart of a stone? Did I see it there in the cel lar when I saw al l things, and have I now forgotten it? Our minds are porous and forgetfulness seeps in; I myself am distorting and losing, under the wearing away of the years, the face of Beatriz. (J. L.
Permutation Orbifolds in Conformal Field Theories and String Theory
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