Complete Definition of "efface"

English

Pronunciation
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-eɪs|-eɪs

Verb
en-verb|effac|ing

  1. transitive To erase (as anything impressed or inscribed upon a surface); to render illegible or indiscernible.

#:Do not efface what I've written on the chalkboard.

  1. transitive To cause to disappear as if by rub out|rubbing out or strike out|striking out.

#:Some people like to efface their own memories with alcohol.

  1. reflexive To make oneself inobtrusive as if due to modesty or diffidence.

#:Many people seem shy, but they really just efface for meekness.

  1. medicine Of the cervix during pregnancy, to thin and stretch in preparation for labor.

#:Some females efface 75% by the 39th week of pregnacy.

Translations
trans-top|to erase
Japanese: æ¶å»ãã (shÅkyo suru)
trans-mid
trans-bottom

trans-top|cause to disappear as if by rubbing out
Japanese: æ­ãå»ã (nuguisaru)
trans-mid
trans-bottom

trans-top|make oneself inobtrusive
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Derived terms
effaceable
effacement
effacer

See also
deface

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