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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
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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Examples from the web for corroded
  • But the evil has come with the good, and much fine gold has been corroded.
  • Thus, although the steel is corroded on the atomic level, it appears stainless.
  • We're lucky to have a lander survive a short while before it is fried by high temperatures and corroded.
  • When it did inspect it, four years later, it found that a six-mile length of pipeline was corroded.
  • The installer used grounding connectors meant for indoor use and they're already corroded.
  • The plutonium corroded nearly every container it was put in.
  • Tin roofs corroded and vegetable gardens shrivelled up.
  • The yawning seam and corroded bolt conceal their defects from the mariner until the storm calls all hands to the pumps.
  • Standing between the two is an administrative machine corroded by apathy and corruption.
  • Copper piping, coils or wires become blackened and corroded.
British Dictionary definitions for corroded

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 corroded

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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