E*ro"sion(?), n. [L. erosio. See Erode.] 1. The act or operation of eroding or eating away.
2. The state of being eaten away; corrosion; canker.
3. The wearing away of the earth's surface by any natural process. The chief agent of erosion is running water; minor agents are glaciers, the wind, and waves breaking against the coast.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
4. a gradual reduction or lessening as if by an erosive force; as,
erosion of political support due to scandal;
erosion of buying power by inflation.
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