corrugate

verb

cor·​ru·​gate ˈkȯr-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce corrugate (audio)
ˈkär-
corrugated; corrugating

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pictures Sebuuma and another refugee sent to Reuters from the camp showed holes punched in the walls of homes made of corrugated iron. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2020 Since 1885 residents of Bury, a market town of 190,000 people on Manchester’s northern fringe, have gathered at this lump of red brick and corrugated iron to watch their local team. The Economist, 29 Feb. 2020 Some works contain unusual textures and impressions from charred wood, corrugated cardboard or burlap. Richard Chang, Daily Pilot, 10 Oct. 2019 Class had only just begun at Precious Talent Top School in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, when the building, made of corrugated metal and wood, crumbled around 7:30 a.m., the Associated Press reports. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2019 Also, some of the seawalls are made of vertical corrugated steel, which is inadequate, officials said. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2019 In Charleston's downtown, stores and restaurants were boarded up with wood and corrugated metal and about 830,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders on the South Carolina coast. Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2019 Along King Street in historic Charleston, South Carolina, dozens of shops and restaurants typically bustling with tourists were boarded up, plywood and corrugated metal over windows and doors, as the flood-prone downtown area braced for high water. Marko Álvarez, Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2019 Along King Street in historic Charleston, South Carolina, dozens of shops and restaurants typically bustling with tourists were boarded up, plywood and corrugated metal over windows and doors, as the flood-prone downtown area braced for high water. Marko Álvarez, Time, 5 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of corrugate was in 1620

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“Corrugate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corrugate. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

corrugate

verb

cor·​ru·​gate ˈkȯr-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce corrugate (audio)
ˈkär-
corrugated; corrugating
: to form or shape into wrinkles or folds : furrow
corrugated paper
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