AskDefine | Define erase

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1 remove from memory or existence; "The Turks erased the Armenians in 1915" [syn: wipe out]
2 remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing; "Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!" [syn: rub out, score out, efface, wipe off]
3 wipe out magnetically recorded information [syn: delete] [ant: record]

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From erasus, past participle of eradere, from ex- + radere


  • (UK) , /ɪˈɹeɪz/, /I"r\eIz/
  • (US) , /ɪˈɹeɪs/, /I"r\eIs/
  • Rhymes: -eɪs, -eɪz


  1. to remove markings or information
    I erased that note because it was wrong.
  2. In the context of "storage": To obliterate information from a storage medium, such as to clear, to overwrite, or (with magnetic storage) to demagnetize.
    I'm going to erase those files.
    I'm going to erase that tape.
  3. (paper tape storage) (punched card storage) to punch a hole at every punch position.
  4. To remove a runner from the bases via a double play or pick off play
    Jones was erased by a 6-4-3 double play.
Source: definitions from Federal Standard 1037C and from MIL-STD-188

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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