Definition of erasure in English:



mass noun
  • 1The removal of writing, recorded material, or data.

    • ‘In the years since 1981, I have seen both significant erasures and wholesale additions.’
    • ‘With painstaking penmanship and a few erasures to correct spellings and numbers, the little girl explained herself.’
    • ‘It will only be these rough notes which will be liable to erasure.’
    • ‘Likewise the second round of erasures eliminates all points with a 1 in the second position after the radix point.’
    • ‘We need no asterisks or erasures.’
    • ‘The judges recorded their diving scores on cardboard "with a lot of erasure," she said.’
    • ‘It is true that if someone needs to investigate the erasure, the tonal image will need to be examined.’
    • ‘His paintings are full of erasures, redrawn lines and strokes partially covered with translucent white paint.’
    • ‘Avoid blots and erasures; they indicate carelessness or unbecoming haste.’
    • ‘Paintings were written upon, over-painted, and amended with the erasures remaining visible.’
    • ‘The shots handed to VCE included some complicated digital erasure shots, motion control shots, and digital compositing duties.’
    • ‘Some of these supraliminal frames are panels of video static, a screen equivalent of total erasure.’
    • ‘Regardless of who is at fault, it is clear that never before in jazz has a movie caused the actual erasure of important music.’
    • ‘DVD-R is a write-once format, meaning that data can be written to a disc and stored without fear of accidental erasure.’
    • ‘His penmanship was very neat, and his letters and manuscripts, as completed by him, are without blots or erasures.’
    • ‘Erasure will clearly also have a serious effect on a doctor's employment and right to practise.’
    • ‘The multiple erasures of the historical record, as successive occupations and regimes rewrote truth, have left interesting legacies in Poland.’
    • ‘I point out that any mistakes or erasures won't show, as the figure will be turned over and clean side will face up.’
    • ‘Byron became enthusiastic about the project, and wrote out a 16-line poem "Saul," in less than an hour with no erasures.’
    • ‘The crucial detail is the erasure of the serial numbers.’
    deletion, rubbing out, wiping off, wiping out
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    1. 1.1 The removal of all traces of something; obliteration.
      ‘the erasure of prior history’
      • ‘It follows that in the present case the first and main question is whether the direction of erasure was justified.’
      • ‘Postmodern psychology argues for the erasure of the category of self.’
      • ‘The duration of time they will be retained before erasure or destruction should be specified.’
      • ‘Faith in American virtue remains intact, and the erasure of collective memory is stunning.’
      • ‘Of course, the ascription is tenuous, and wars are fought over the erasure of place, as though to suggest it was malleable.’
      • ‘"Before" and "after" satellite photographs showed the erasure even of geographic features of the landscape.’
      • ‘The process of historical erasure may have started then.’
      • ‘It's a symphonic dance, like Ravel's La Valse, a study in the erasure of the bar line while keeping a steady pulse.’
      • ‘Regardless of popular calls for the erasure of African identity, I steadfastly remain of African descent.’
      • ‘For Améry, forced explusion from his country and his language was not a loss but an erasure.’
      • ‘Their departure was not an erasure of an era because memories remained.’
      • ‘This political-ideological position is deeply contradictory, and necessarily involves erasures.’
      • ‘How salutary is modernity if it is accompanied by the erasure of cultural traditions?’
      • ‘On the one hand, Pope's symbolic erasure of "Madam Dacier" anticipates her misconstrued legacy.’
      • ‘This willful erasure seems to represent the deliberate amnesia of a society that does not want to remember.’
      • ‘It is a question not of temporal displacement but rather the erasure of narrative time itself.’
      • ‘Others found comfort in the erasure of the recent past.’
      • ‘Erasure, like silence, suggests a sweeping lack of authority by owning up to a loss of control.’
      • ‘The erasure of historical language points to the crisis of public memory as a tool for agency and civic engagement.’