corrosion

noun
cor·​ro·​sion | \ kə-ˈrō-zhən How to pronounce corrosion (audio) \

Definition of corrosion

1 : the action, process, or effect of corroding
2 : a product of corroding

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Examples of corrosion in a Sentence

the corrosion of family values that is often brought on by great wealth
Recent Examples on the Web Enbridge says replacing the 1960s-era pipeline, which is increasingly prone to corrosion and cracking, will be safer for the environment while allowing it restore the line’s original capacity and ensure reliable deliveries to refineries. Washington Post, "Minnesota oil pipeline fight highlights Democratic dilemmas," 9 Sep. 2019 It was made of mild steel instead of corrosion-resistant copper nickel. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the neglected 43-year-old stepchild of the U.S. military-industrial complex," 2 Aug. 2019 The corrosion has been most evident along harbor docks. Peter Passi / Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Popular Duluth museum ship’s corrosion extends to its rivets," 5 Sep. 2019 During that time, state regulators failed to require the use of a chemical to prevent pipe corrosion, and lead leached into drinking water from aging lead service lines running to homes. Talal Ansari, WSJ, "Michigan Drops Charges in Flint Water Case as It Restarts Investigation," 13 June 2019 Interestingly, the cooling system will use water, deionized to prevent corrosion and pressurized to raise the boiling point to about 150 degrees Celsius. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Spacecraft Engineering Required to "Touch the Sun"," 6 Aug. 2018 Hanna-Attisha wasn’t the first to unearth the problem, which started when the city — in an effort to save money while under state control — tapped the Flint River for water in 2014 and 2015 and didn’t treat it to prevent pipe corrosion. Washington Post, "Doctor pens book on her role in revealing Flint water crisis," 15 June 2018 Enbridge says replacing the 1960s-era pipeline, which is increasingly prone to corrosion and cracking, will be safer for the environment while allowing it to restore the line’s original capacity and ensure reliable deliveries to refineries. Washington Post, "Minnesota oil pipeline fight highlights Democratic dilemmas," 9 Sep. 2019 According to Murphy and Baraka, engineers have seen positive signs from the corrosion control system. Josiah Bates, Time, "Newark Officials Providing Bottled Water to 15,000 Homes Over Lead Contamination Concerns. Here’s What You Need to Know About the City's Water Crisis," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of corrosion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corrosion

Middle English corrosioun, borrowed from Late Latin corrōsiōn-, corrōsiō "act of gnawing," from Latin corrōdere "to gnaw, chew up" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at corrode

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The first known use of corrosion was in the 14th century

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corrosion

noun
cor·​ro·​sion | \ kə-ˈrō-zhən How to pronounce corrosion (audio) \

Kids Definition of corrosion

: the process or effect of destroying, weakening, or wearing away little by little

corrosion

noun
cor·​ro·​sion | \ kə-ˈrō-zhən How to pronounce corrosion (audio) \

Medical Definition of corrosion

1 : the action, process, or effect of corroding arterial corrosion that characterizes arteriosclerosisJournal of the American Medical Association
2 : a study specimen of an organ or other structure prepared by injection of hollow parts (as blood vessels) with a plastic and subsequent removal of the surrounding tissue by corrosion

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