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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)

Full Definition of corrode

cor·rod·edcor·rod·ing

  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

cor·rod·ible play \-ˈrō-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of corrode

  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.



Origin of corrode

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


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

corrode

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verb cor·rode \kə-ˈrōd\

Medical Definition of corrode

cor·rod·edcor·rod·ing

  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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