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erode

verb abrade, break down, consume, decay, deteriorate, diminish, disintegrate, dissolve, file, gradually eat away, grind, lessen, lose, make thin, rasp, reduce, rub away, scrape, shrink, strip, waste, weaken, wear, wear away, wear down, wear down by friccion, weather
Associated concepts: erode the credibility of a witness
See also: degenerate, depreciate, diminish, impair, lessen
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How much a beach is eroding or prograding in any given location is due to some combination of these factors, which vary from place to place.
According to the ratings agency, credit unions are eroding the retail-banking stranglehold of big banks in Canada.
Simply put, as Gardner and his fellow CFR one-worlders in government and business see it, international trade is one of the key weapons in their globalist arsenal for eroding national sovereignty piece by piece.
In March, engineers uprooted the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, a 129-year-old historic landmark on the eroding Outer Banks of North Carolina.
The negative rating action on series 2002-FF1 is the result of losses exceeding excess spread for the past three months and, as a result, eroding the overcollateralization (OC) below target.
An eroding atmosphere, with its large climate variations, could have proved catastrophic for life on the Red Planet.
The major operators have also offset their eroding voice telephony revenues by investing in IP services, further strengthening the focus on broadband as a future income source.
Thus, Mouginis-Mark suggests, ocean waves pounding the shores and eroding the flanks of the volcanoes could have shaped the escarpments.
These factors include increased competition in data, internet, and local services (DILS) which, while expected to grow, may not fully compensate for eroding long-distance revenues and cash flows; and the uncertainty of Alestra's long-term ownership structure and the future use of the AT&T brand name, given the potential change in ownership due to the SBC Communications' (SBC) acquisition of AT&T Corp, which owns 49% of Alestra.
Gusts scoured the fields, killing crops and eroding topsoil.
3, 2005 payment date, $124,553 of principal proceeds were allocated to pay class A interest shortfalls, thus further eroding the collateral available to support the rated notes.