Definition of corrode
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
2 : to weaken or destroy gradually : undermine manners and miserliness that corrode the human spirit — Bernard De Voto
: to undergo corrosion
corrodibleplay \kə-ˈrō-də-bəl\ adjective
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Examples of corrode in a Sentence
Rainwater may corrode the steel containers.
Over time, the pipes become corroded and need to be replaced.
After a few weeks in the ocean, the boat began to corrode.
Years of lies and secrets had corroded their relationship.
Recent Examples of corrode from the Web
Titanium also doesn't corrode and is bio-compatible -- that's why titanium can be used in human bone replacement implants -- so maintenance won't be as much of an issue.
Silicone corrodes latex and causes condoms to break.
Steam corroded everything made of metal that hadn't been illegally salvaged by scrappers.
Rail fasteners are rusting, and communications cables are corroding.
Russian interference in the U.S. election, equating to an explicit attempt to destabilize and corrode the democratic process, amounts to one of the biggest, and most unprecedented, crimes in recent history.
A parking brake switch may corrode, causing the indicator light to not light up when the parking brake is engaged.
Scafuri tells WCSC that the tooth, corroded to the iron of a crank handle, belonged to crew member Frank Collins, who was found to be missing several teeth when his remains were buried in 2004.
A cable for the secondary latch could corrode, which would leave the hood unsecured if the primary latch fails.
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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."
CORRODE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of corrode for English Language Learners
: to slowly break apart and destroy (metal, an object, etc.) through a chemical process
: to gradually destroy or weaken (something)
CORRODE Defined for Kids
Definition of corrode for Students
1 : to wear away little by little (as by rust or acid)
2 : to gradually destroy or weaken corroding traditions
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