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corrode

[kuh-rohd] /kəˈroʊd/
verb (used with object), corroded, corroding.
1.
to eat or wear away gradually as if by gnawing, especially by chemical action.
2.
to impair; deteriorate:
Jealousy corroded his character.
verb (used without object), corroded, corroding.
3.
to become corroded.
Origin of corrode
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, equivalent to cor- cor- + rōdere to gnaw; akin to rodent
Related forms
corrodent, noun
corroder, noun
corrodible, adjective
corrodibility, noun
noncorrodible, adjective
noncorroding, adjective, noun
uncorroded, adjective
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  • One of the greatest advantages of aluminum is that it will not rust or corrode under ordinary conditions.

  • Salt solutions, such as sea water, corrode the metal rapidly.

  • Avoid what is called good living: it is madness to allow the pleasures of the table to corrupt and corrode the human body.

    Searchlights on Health B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
  • So tallow and the like should not be placed where they can corrode iron or steel.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson
  • Such a mixture would, in all probability, corrode sheet-iron.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • This neutralized flux will not corrode metal as will the ordinary acid.

  • The acid is not allowed to corrode the tooth, and the diminution of the length may possibly in some degree benefit the animal.

    The Horse's Mouth Edward Mayhew
British Dictionary definitions for corrode

corrode

/kəˈrəʊd/
verb
1.
to eat away or be eaten away, esp by chemical action as in the oxidation or rusting of a metal
2.
(transitive) to destroy gradually; consume: his jealousy corroded his happiness
Derived Forms
corrodant, corrodent, noun
corroder, noun
corrodible, adjective
corrodibility, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, from rōdere to gnaw; see rodent, rat
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Word Origin and History for corrode
v.

c.1400, from Old French corroder (14c.) or directly from Latin corrodere "to gnaw to bits, wear away," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + rodere "to gnaw" (see rodent). Related: Corroded; corroding.

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