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English noun: erosion

1. erosion (process) (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)


Synonymseating away, eroding, wearing, wearing away


Broader (hypernym)geologic process, geological process


Narrower (hyponym)ablation, abrasion, attrition, beach erosion, chatter mark, corrasion, deflation, detrition, planation, soil erosion


Domain categorygeology

2. erosion (state) condition in which the earth's surface is worn away by the action of water and wind


Broader (hypernym)environmental condition

3. erosion (process) a gradual decline of something


SamplesAfter the accounting scandal there was an erosion of confidence in the auditors.


Broader (hypernym)decline, diminution

4. erosion (process) erosion by chemical action


Synonymscorroding, corrosion


Broader (hypernym)chemical action, chemical change, chemical process


Narrower (hyponym)indentation, pitting, roughness, rust, rusting









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