wearing away


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wearing away (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
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  • Lucretius
    “The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.”


In literature:

Thus it is said that perpetual dropping will wear away stones.
"The Mystic Will" by Charles Godfrey Leland
As for Hippy, Nora says that he is studying night and day, and that he is actually wearing himself away by burning midnight oil.
"Grace Harlowe's Junior Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
Difficulties it wears like a summer garment, and flings away at the first approach of the winter of Need.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
Please, ma'am, shall I take away the shawl, and fetch you the one you always wear?
"Clemence" by Retta Babcock
And if the rain chose to go on long enough, the umbrella would wear away.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Sergeant McGillicuddy was a good amateur gardener, and at that very moment, wearing a suit of blue overalls, was digging away industriously.
"Betty at Fort Blizzard" by Molly Elliot Seawell
But so long as the English merchant guilds wear away their time and substance in fighting one another I fear 't will be no better.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
Constant dropping wears away stone.
"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" by John Muir
Should she wear it or put it away?
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
The production of thought wears away the cerebral substance.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce

In poetry:

When marble wears away
And monuments are dust,
The songs that guard our soldiers' clay
Will still fulfil their trust.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Dupes of Fate, that treads you down
Wear awhile your tinsel crown
Be ye happy, if ye may,
In the years that pass away.
"Vanity of Vanities" by Robert Fuller Murray
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
Shall I with joy Thy blessings share
And not endure their loss?
Or hope the martyr's crown to wear
And cast away the cross?
"Last Lines" by Anne Bronte
But I will turn my eyes from you
As women turn to put away
The jewels they have worn at night
And cannot wear in sober day.
"Jewels" by Sara Teasdale
Wild wild wind, wilt thou never cease thy sighing?
Dark dark night, wilt thou never wear away?
Cold cold church, in thy death sleep lying,
The Lent is past, thy Passion here, but not thine Easter-day.
"The Dead Church" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

Newark police said that two men wearing bandanas over their faces took cigarettes and cash from the Duke and Duchess store, on West Church Street, around 2:30 am The men ran away after the robbery.
To wear or crumble away through abrasion.
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.
White paint has chipped away from the eaves, the garage doors have been battered by wear, and the roof looks frayed around the edges.
Away from the Stetson-wearing towering man forever forged into the lore of.
In celebration, Krispy Kreme is giving away a free glazed donut if you talk like a pirate or wear an eye patch.
And I'm struck with sad amazement how much you've aged since I last saw you— your face wearing away like sand, grain by invisible grain.
) Tarwater Lawson, age 91, (Known to her family as Granny and Granny the Great) of Wears Valley, passed away Friday October 5, 2012.
7 Leadership Mistakes That Wear Away at Your Company's Will to Win.
As the second season begins, Rhodey is wearing the "War Machine" armor as Tony has been away from the armor .
The boy was wearing only a T-shirt in chilly weather when he apparently ran away from school Tuesday.
NBA history, but even he can't get away with wearing cargo shorts on a golf course .
After deciding to wear a hijab, Samira Amen gives away jewelry to her sister Shadia.
Potholes are generally formed by cracks forming in a road's surface and cars just wearing away at the paving, until a chunk crumbled and BAM.

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