• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Erodent (Med) A medicine which eats away extraneous growths; a caustic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n erodent A drug which eats away, as it were, extraneous growths; a caustic.
    • erodent Producing erosion; erosive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Erodent a caustic drug
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  • Karl Marx
    “All social rules and all relations between individuals are eroded by a cash economy, avarice drags Pluto himself out of the bowels of the earth.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. erodens, -entis, p. pr. of erodere,. See Erode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. e, out, rodĕre, rosum, to gnaw.


In literature:

His stock of pre-war collars was exhausted, or rather eroded.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, August 4th, 1920" by Various
The tops of the walls, while rough and much eroded, are approximately level.
"Casa Grande Ruin" by Cosmos Mindeleff
Or erode or whatever you call it.
"Pee-Wee Harris Adrift" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The macerated bone presents a rough, eroded surface.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
A depth of 18 ft. of the river bottom had been eroded in about two days.
"Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vol. LXVIII, Sept. 1910" by James H. Brace, Francis Mason and S. H. Woodard
Usually fossils are found in "bad lands," where extensive areas are denuded of grass and the surface eroded into hills and ravines.
"Dinosaurs" by William Diller Matthew
Ben began ripping out the eroded blocks with a special tool.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
A large segment of the huge pillar of rock had broken off and in falling had carried thousands of tons of shale and eroded stone.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
The native pointed to the highest tower of sand-eroded stone.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
It was eroded on the north-west side to such an extent that it was almost concave in the lower part.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor

In poetry:

Years like moths
erode internal organs
hanging or falling
in a spoiled closet.
"An Old Woman" by Mina Loy
And now upstairs the lint that crusts the sills
Erodes in a windy shift along the floor.
Shall now her touselled eyes rinse out the haze
Of winter sprawled like a waif outside the door?
"Obituary" by Allen Tate
Since we agreed to let the road between us
Fall to disuse,
And bricked our gates up, planted trees to screen us,
And turned all time's eroding agents loose,
Silence, and space, and strangers - our neglect
Has not had much effect.
"No Road" by Philip Larkin

In news:

States Erode Power of Public-Sector Unions.
Merging colleges could save money, but erode meaning for county.
Egypt's Secret Military Trials Erode Activists' Trust.
Kids splashed last summer in the waves under an oceanfront row of cottages on the eroding south end.
WTHR's status as TV news leader starting to erode .
Healthy Food Mandates in Canada Erode Lunch Sales.
GOP Aims to Erode White House Agenda.
Hoaxes like balloon boy erode our trust in others.
Portions of Tomlinson Run that are eroding may get a new lease on life now that Hancock County commissioners have approved a contract extension for an improvement project.
County To Seek Federal Help With Eroding Shoreline.
Development pressure still eroding Maryland's farmland.
Public Higher Education Is ' Eroding From All Sides,' Warn Political Scientists.
Alaska's northern coast eroding quickly.
A new study led by the University of Colorado indicates part of the northern Alaska coastline is eroding at rates of 35 to 40 feet a year.
Californians fear cutbacks are eroding the quality of university system.

In science:

The exponential behavior of Eq. (18) implies that there is a unique “melting rate” at which the cluster boundaries get eroded as H increases and that the process is otherwise similar for all ∆.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
The surface grows and erodes by the deposition and evaporation of dimers only.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
Diffusive motion of the QVRW describes the stationary state roughness of dissociative Q-mer growth, where a surface grows (erodes) by the deposition (evaporation) of a Q-mer.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
The binary orbital decay heats the surrounding stars, eroding a preexisting stellar cusp ∝ r−2 .
The formation of galaxy stellar cores by the hierarchical merging of supermassive black holes
During this phase they would be surrounded and eroded by subsonically flowing gas, which according to the Dyson et al. (1993) model would produce long thin tails.
Photoevaporating flows from the cometary knots in the Helix nebula (NGC 7293)