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corrode

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verb cor·rode \kə-ˈrōd\

Simple Definition of corrode

  • : to slowly break apart and destroy (metal, an object, etc.) through a chemical process

  • : to gradually destroy or weaken (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of corrode

corroded

corroding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to eat away by degrees as if by gnawing; especially :  to wear away gradually usually by chemical action <the metal was corroded beyond repair>

  3. 2 :  to weaken or destroy gradually :  undermine <manners and miserliness that corrode the human spirit — Bernard De Voto>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to undergo corrosion

corrodible

play \-ˈrō-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of corrode in a sentence

  1. Rainwater may corrode the steel containers.

  2. Over time, the pipes become corroded and need to be replaced.

  3. After a few weeks in the ocean, the boat began to corrode.

  4. Years of lies and secrets had corroded their relationship.



Did You Know?

Corrode comes from Latin corrodere ("to gnaw to pieces"), a combination of the suffix "cor-" (used here as an intensifier with the meaning of "completely") and the verb "rodere" ("to gnaw"). At one time, "corrode" was used to literally indicate the action of gnawing away, as in "woodworms corroded the wood." But it is the more figurative senses from the action of gnawing or eating away that have persisted, as in "salt water corroded the iron" or "graphic content on television and the Internet is corroding the moral fabric of society."

Origin and Etymology of corrode

Middle English, from Latin corrodere to gnaw to pieces, from com- + rodere to gnaw — more at rodent


First Known Use: 14th century


CORRODE Defined for Kids

corrode

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verb cor·rode \kə-ˈrōd\

Definition of corrode for Students

corroded

corroding

  1. 1 :  to wear away little by little (as by rust or acid)

  2. 2 :  to gradually destroy or weaken <corroding traditions>




Medical Dictionary

corrode

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verb cor·rode \kə-ˈrōd\

Medical Definition of corrode

corroded

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corroding

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to eat away by degrees as if by gnawing; especially :  to wear away gradually usually by chemical action

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo corrosion




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