—v.t. 1. to rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, etc.; efface.
2. to eliminate completely: She couldn't erase the tragic scene from her memory. 3. to obliterate (material recorded on magnetic tape or a magnetic disk): She erased the message. 4. to obliterate recorded material from (a magnetic tape or disk): He accidentally erased the tape. 5. Computers.to remove (data) from computer storage.
6. Slang.to murder: The gang had to erase him before he informed on them.
—v.i. 1. to give way to effacement readily or easily.
2. to obliterate characters, letters, markings, etc., from something.