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corrugate

[v. kawr-uh-geyt, kor-; adj. kawr-uh-git, -geyt, kor-] /v. ˈkɔr əˌgeɪt, ˈkɒr-; adj. ˈkɔr ə gɪt, -ˌgeɪt, ˈkɒr-/
verb (used with object), corrugated, corrugating.
1.
to draw or bend into folds or alternate furrows and ridges.
2.
to wrinkle, as the skin or face.
3.
Western U.S. to make irrigation ditches in (a field).
verb (used without object), corrugated, corrugating.
4.
to become corrugated; undergo corrugation.
adjective
5.
corrugated; wrinkled; furrowed.
Origin of corrugate
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin corrūgātus past participle of corrūgāre, equivalent to cor- cor- + rūg(āre) to wrinkle + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
corrugated, adjective
corrugator, noun
uncorrugated, adjective
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  • Mr. Havens and Mr. Fordham were busy at the corrugated iron shack that served as an office.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • The corrugated dome of the Nissen hut was wavering and swaying.

  • It was veritably a park of the Gods, and enclosing it was the monstrous, corrugated palisade of the Rockies.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • The transparency of this sentence is not unlike the transparency of corrugated glass.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • Mast-heads and funnel-tops of ships peep above the ranges of corrugated iron roofs.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for corrugated

corrugate

verb (ˈkɒrʊˌɡeɪt)
1.
(usually transitive) to fold or be folded into alternate furrows and ridges
adjective (ˈkɒrʊɡɪt; -ˌɡeɪt)
2.
folded into furrows and ridges; wrinkled
Derived Forms
corrugation, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin corrūgāre, from rūga a wrinkle
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Word Origin and History for corrugated
adj.

1620s, "wrinkled" (of skin, etc.), past participle adjective from corrugate. Meaning "bent into curves or folds" (of iron, cardboard, etc., for elasticity and strength) is from 1853.

corrugate

v.

1620s; implied earlier as a past participle adjective (early 15c.), from Latin corrugatus, past participle of corrugare "to wrinkle very much," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + rugare "to wrinkle," of unknown origin.

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