corrosive

  • 1 Corrosive — Cor*ro sive (k?r r? s?v), a. [Cf. F. corrosif.] 1. Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, changing, or destroying the texture or substance of a body; as, the corrosive action of an acid. Corrosive liquors. Grew. Corrosive famine.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 corrosive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ tending to cause corrosion. ► NOUN ▪ a corrosive substance. DERIVATIVES corrosively adverb corrosiveness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 Corrosive — Cor*ro sive, n. 1. That which has the quality of eating or wearing away gradually. [1913 Webster] [Corrosives] act either directly, by chemically destroying the part, or indirectly by causing inflammation and gangrene. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] 2 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 corrosive — index adverse (negative), bitter (penetrating), caustic, decadent, deleterious, disadvantageous …

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  • 5 corrosive — late 14c., from O.Fr. corrosif (13c.), from corroder (see CORRODE (Cf. corrode)) …

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  • 6 corrosive — [adj] consuming, wearing; bitter acerb, acerbic, acrid, biting, caustic, corroding, cutting, destructive, erosive, incisive, sarcastic, strongly acid, trenchant, venomous, virulent, wasting; concept 537 Ant. contributing, fortifying, supporting …

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  • 7 corrosive — [kə rō′siv] adj. [OFr corrosif < ML corrosivus] 1. corroding or causing corrosion 2. bitingly sarcastic; cutting; acid n. something causing corrosion corrosively adv. corrosiveness n …

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  • 8 corrosive — adjective Date: 14th century 1. tending or having the power to corrode < corrosive acids > < corrosive action > < the corrosive effects of alcoholism > 2. bitingly sarcastic < corrosive satire > • corrosive …

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  • 9 corrosive — [[t]kəro͟ʊsɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A corrosive substance is able to destroy solid materials by a chemical reaction. Sodium and sulphur are highly corrosive. 2) ADJ GRADED If you say that something has a corrosive effect, you mean that it gradually… …

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  • 10 corrosive — corrosively, adv. corrosiveness, corrosivity /kawr oh siv i tee, kor /, n. /keuh roh siv/, adj. 1. having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive. 2. harmful or destructive; deleterious: the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage …

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  • 11 corrosive — 1. Causing corrosion. 2. An agent that produces corrosion; e.g., a strong acid or alkali. * * * cor·ro·sive rō siv, ziv adj tending or having the power to corrode <corrosive acids> <a corrosive gas> cor·ro·sive·ness n corrosive …

    Medical dictionary

  • 12 corrosive — cor|ro|sive [kəˈrəusıv US ˈrou ] adj 1.) a corrosive liquid such as an acid can destroy metal, plastic etc ▪ a highly corrosive substance 2.) written gradually making something weaker, and possibly destroying it = ↑damaging ▪ the corrosive effect …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 corrosive — adjective 1 a corrosive liquid such as an acid can destroy metal, plastic etc: Danger! Corrosive material. 2 gradually making something weaker, and possibly destroying it: Fear of unemployment is having a corrosive effect on the country s economy …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 corrosive — cor•ro•sive [[t]kəˈroʊ sɪv[/t]] adj. 1) having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive 2) harmful or destructive; deleterious: the corrosive effects of poverty[/ex] 3) sharply sarcastic; caustic: corrosive comments[/ex] 4) something… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 corrosive — ● corrosif, corrosive adjectif (latin médiéval corrosivus) Qui a la propriété de corroder : Liquide corrosif. Littéraire. Qui est mordant, caustique ; destructeur : Une intelligence corrosive …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 16 corrosive — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ highly, very ▪ Many highly corrosive substances are used in the nuclear industry. Corrosive is used with these nouns: ↑effect, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 corrosive — Causing corrosion, e.g., acid is corrosive because it eats away the substance on which it is applied. That s why acid rain is so harmful to the surface of automobiles. Also see anti corrosive …

    Dictionary of automotive terms

  • 18 corrosive — adj. & n. adj. tending to corrode or consume. n. a corrosive substance. Phrases and idioms: corrosive sublimate mercuric chloride, a strong acid poison, used as a fungicide, antiseptic, etc. Derivatives: corrosively adv. corrosiveness n.… …

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  • 19 corrosive — 1. adjective a) Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, hanging, or destroying the texture or substance of a body; as the corrosive action of an acid. b) Having the quality of fretting or vexing. See Also: corrosively …

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  • 20 corrosive — cor|ro|sive [ kə rousıv ] adjective 1. ) a corrosive substance contains chemicals that can cause damage 2. ) FORMAL causing gradual damage to something such as a society, an institution, or a relationship …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English