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.
- To remove (something written, for example) by rubbing, wiping, or scraping.
- To remove (recorded material) from a magnetic tape or other storage medium: erased a file from the diskette.
- To remove recorded material from (a magnetic tape or disk, for example): erased the videocassette.
- To remove all traces of.
- To remove or destroy as if by wiping out: had to erase all thoughts of failure from his mind.