• WordNet 3.6
    • n eroding (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
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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.”


In literature:

Movements for self-government gradually eroded central authority until by 1500 Mali had lost its importance as an empire.
"The Black Experience in America" by Norman Coombs
As well take pictures of any eroded little arroyo or granite canon.
"The Mountains" by Stewart Edward White
Rounding a huge eroded rock, suddenly Camilla found herself face to face with Luis, who was seated on a stone, hatless, his legs dangling.
"The Underdogs" by Mariano Azuela
Instead we have drifted, and that drifting has eroded our resources, fractured our economy, and shaken our confidence.
"United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches" by Various
However after a while we managed to drop down into an eroded deep little ravine.
"The Land of Footprints" by Stewart Edward White
When uplifted and eroded each assumes its own special topography and is covered with its own special type of vegetation.
"The Red Man's Continent" by Ellsworth Huntington
The salaries lag after the cost of living and the purchasing power of households is eroded.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Instead we have drifted, and that drifting has eroded our resources, fractured our economy, and shaken our confidence.
"U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses" by Various
The rebellion against her family and sexual felicity with his large genitalia had been eroded in time.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
Secure in its grip, these are used as graving-tools to erode its bed.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson

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:

West Tisbury tax increases will erode quality of life.
Kansas Wheat-Growth Boosts Yields as Glut May Erode Price.
News Opinion Changes in budget erode public confidence.
Introduces waiver that critics say could erode consumer protection.
Obama will erode the rights of gun owners.
Obama Will Erode the Rights of Gun Owners.
Tough times erode 'solid blue-collar life' in Springfield.
Allen admits 'green-on-blue' attacks erode trust.
Protests erode piracy bills' support.
Workplace benefits erode amid downturn.
Star recruit's job: Erode a racist legacy.
Obama's Job Approval Ratings High, but Poll Finds Bipartisan Support Eroding .
An Eroding Mission at EPA.
Election day erodes faith in democracy.
Masturbation was held to be sinful, a sickness with the power to erode one's physical health and moral rectitude.

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
More massive halos have more massive nuclear BHs and experience more merging events than less massive galaxies: hence they suffer more from the eroding action of binary SMBHs and have larger cores.
The formation of galaxy stellar cores by the hierarchical merging of supermassive black holes
We have assumed here that the continuous eroding action of shrinking binaries generates a flat density core.
The formation of galaxy stellar cores by the hierarchical merging of supermassive black holes
In the open system at steady state, all the material entering the system leaves at the far edge of the heap and no particles are absorbed or eroded.
Surface Granular flows: Two Related Examples
If the link between the secret key and the control parameters is not established carefully, then it is possible that the underlying chaotic system evolves in an non-chaotic way, which further erodes the confusion and diffusion properties required by the resulting cryptosystem.
Some hints for the design of digital chaos-based cryptosystems: lessons learned from cryptanalysis