Definition of Erase

1. Verb. Remove from memory or existence. "The Turks erased the Armenians in 1915"

Exact synonyms: Wipe Out
Generic synonyms: Kill
Derivative terms: Erasure, Wipeout

2. Verb. Remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing. "Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!"
Exact synonyms: Efface, Rub Out, Score Out, Wipe Off
Entails: Rub
Specialized synonyms: Sponge, Cut Out, Scratch Out
Generic synonyms: Cancel, Delete
Derivative terms: Eraser, Erasure, Erasure, Erasure

3. Verb. Wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information. "Who erased the files form my hard disk?"
Exact synonyms: Delete
Category relationships: Recording, Transcription
Generic synonyms: Take Away, Take Out
Specialized synonyms: Demagnetise, Demagnetize
Derivative terms: Eraser
Antonyms: Record

Definition of Erase

1. v. t. To rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, or painted; to efface; to expunge; to cross out; as, to erase a word or a name.

Definition of Erase

1. Verb. (transitive) to remove markings or information ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To obliterate information from (a storage medium), such as to clear or (with magnetic storage) to demagnetize. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To obliterate (information) from a storage medium, such as to clear or to overwrite. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive baseball) To remove a runner from the bases via a double play or pick off play ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To be erased (gloss have markings removed, have information removed(,) or be cleared of information). ¹

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Definition of Erase

1. to rub or scrape out [v ERASED, ERASING, ERASES] : ERASABLE [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Erase

erasable programmable logic device
erasable programmable read-only memory
eraser pen
eraser pens

Literary usage of Erase

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Index to the North American Review, Volumes I.-CXXV., 1815-1877by William Cushing by William Cushing (1878)
"Line 21 from bottom, erase H. Adams and read TS Perry. " 35. ... Lines G and 7 from top, erase GW and read SF Haven. " 100. Line 23 from top, erase WW ..."

2. The Massachusetts Register and United States Calendar for the Year of Our (1849)
"On page 158, erase the name of Josiah Abbott, Marlboro', and insert BH Davis ... On page 61, erase the names of Jabez Bosworth, Eli Ensign, Thomas Allen and ..."

3. History of the Public School Society of the City of New York: With Portraits by William Oland Bourne (1870)
"Page 111, erase first five lines. Page 123, erase last paragraph, chapter 134. Page 140, erase five lines from the top, " and there is no doubt the lower ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1825)
"... which Leo wished to erase, was transcribed in the symbol, and chanted in the liturgy of the Vatican. The Nicene and Athanasian creeds are held as the ..."

5. Collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society by New Hampshire Historical Society (1827)
"Richard Russell, was Speaker in October, 1644 May, 1649, erase Concord after Thomas Jones, and insert Dorchester. erase Dorchester after Hugh Prichard, ..."

6. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1864)
"... edge at the other to erase with. To make us sure that the bank of the Thames in Roman times extended' thus far, ..."

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