verb (corroded; corroding) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin corrodere to gnaw to pieces, from com- + rodere to gnaw — more at rodent Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to eat away by degrees as if by gnawing; especially to wear away gradually usually by chemical action <
the metal was corroded beyond repair
2. to weaken or destroy gradually ; undermine <
manners and miserliness that corrode the human spirit — Bernard De Voto
intransitive verb to undergo corrosioncorrodible adjective

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  • Corrode — Cor*rode , v. i. To have corrosive action; to be subject to corrosion. [1913 Webster] {Corroding lead}, lead sufficiently pure to be used in making white lead by a process of corroding. Syn: To canker; gnaw; rust; waste; wear away. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corrode — index corrupt, decay, depreciate, destroy (efface), deteriorate, harm, tarnish Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • corrode — c.1400, from O.Fr. corroder (14c.) or directly from L. corrodere to gnaw to bits, wear away, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + rodere to gnaw (see RODENT (Cf. rodent)). Related: Corroded; corroding …   Etymology dictionary

  • corrode — [v] wear away; eat away bite, canker, consume, corrupt, destroy, deteriorate, erode, gnaw, impair, oxidize, rot, rust, scour, waste; concepts 156,169,186,250 Ant. aid, build, fortify, help …   New thesaurus

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  • corrode — ► VERB 1) (with reference to metal or other hard material) wear or be worn away slowly by chemical action. 2) gradually weaken or destroy. DERIVATIVES corrosion noun. ORIGIN Latin corrodere, from rodere gnaw …   English terms dictionary

  • corrode — [kə rōd′] vt. corroded, corroding [ME corroden < OFr corroder < L corrodere, to gnaw to pieces < com , intens. + rodere, to gnaw: see RAT] 1. to eat into or wear away gradually, as by rusting or by the action of chemicals 2. to work upon …   English World dictionary

  • corrode — [[t]kəro͟ʊd[/t]] corrodes, corroding, corroded 1) V ERG If metal or stone corrodes, or is corroded, it is gradually destroyed by a chemical or by rust. He has devised a process for making gold wires which neither corrode nor oxidise... [be V ed]… …   English dictionary

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