cor·​ru·​gate | \ˈkȯr-ə-ˌgāt, ˈkär-\
corrugated; corrugating

Definition of corrugate 

transitive verb

: to form or shape into wrinkles or folds or into alternating ridges and grooves : furrow

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In the mid-1950s, the business began producing wood and corrugated shipping containers for manufacturers such as Northrop Grumman, General Electric and Bethlehem Steel. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Five Minutes with Mick Arnold of Arnold Packaging," 25 May 2018 Owners Russ Williams and Bob Munn, his stepson, erected a simple structure of cinder blocks and corrugated steel with wooden doors on each unit. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Self-storage: How warehouses for personal junk became a $38 billion industry," 27 Mar. 2018 In one of the crowded settlements of corrugated-metal homes, resident Vuyo Kazi washed her laundry outside as others poured used water into the street. Bram Janssen, Houston Chronicle, "Cape Town's water crisis highlights city's rich-poor divide," 3 Feb. 2018 Much of the southern borders of California, Arizona and New Mexico have existing barriers, ranging from 18-foot-tall iron fencing and corrugated metal to makeshift vehicle barriers and barbed wire. Fortune, "Everything We Know About Donald Trump's Proposed Border Wall," 19 Jan. 2018 The wings and fuselage were constructed from corrugated duralumin, a light, strong alloy of aluminum, copper, manganese, and magnesium, while the landing gear and bracing were all steel. Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Longreads, "Determined to Hitch a Ride on the Greatest Rig in America," 16 Jan. 2018 The space is spare and clean, with teal and pomegranate crepe curtains, a polished concrete floor, corrugated wainscoting and a mix of new picnic tables, cafe four-tops and booths to accommodate about 50 people. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "365 Days of Tacos: Saint City Tacos," 25 Dec. 2017 The Category 5 storm wrapped corrugated iron fencing around palm trees, ripped through roofs and facades on the island’s colorful homes, while also leaving fetid pools of water across the flat landscape. Tara John / Antigua, Time, "This Caribbean Island Was Evacuated After Irma. Now, the Pets Left Behind Are Going Feral," 14 Sep. 2017 Battered cars, corrugated metal, plywood, wrought iron and other debris covered street after street. Anika Kentish And Michael Weissenstein,, "Irma's victims in the Caribbean seek shelter or escape, brace for another hurricane," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of corrugate

1620, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for corrugate

Latin corrugatus, past participle of corrugare, from com- + ruga wrinkle; probably akin to Lithuanian raukas wrinkle — more at rough

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