American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To destroy a metal or alloy gradually, especially by oxidation or chemical action: acid corroding metal.
- v. To impair steadily; deteriorate: "Doubt and mistrust could creep into our lives, corroding personal and professional relationships” ( Philip Taubman).
- v. To be eaten or worn away.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Literally, to eat or gnaw away gradually; hence, to wear away, diminish, or disintegrate (a body) by gradually separating small particles from (it), especially by the action of a chemical agent: as, nitric acid corrodes copper: often used figuratively.
- Synonyms To canker, gnaw, waste.
- To gnaw; eat or wear away gradually.
- Figuratively, to become gradually impaired or deteriorated; waste away.
- To act by or as if by corrosion or canker, or a process of eating or wearing away.
- v. transitive To eat away by degrees; to wear away or diminish by gradually separating or destroying small particles of, as by action of a strong acid or a caustic alkali.
- v. transitive To consume; to wear away; to prey upon; to impair.
- v. intransitive To have corrosive action; to be subject to corrosion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To eat away by degrees; to wear away or diminish by gradually separating or destroying small particles of, as by action of a strong acid or a caustic alkali.
- v. To consume; to wear away; to prey upon; to impair.
- v. To have corrosive action; to be subject to corrosion.
- v. become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid
- v. cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
- From the Latin corrodere ("to gnaw"), via the French corroder. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English corroden, from Latin corrōdere, to gnaw away : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + rōdere, to gnaw; see rēd- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Corrosion Control All materials corrode, which is to say every substance eventually changes from one form to another through chemical reactions.”
“The horror you feel at "moral decay" is, to the Elders of Sodom, quite self-evidentally an affective defense mechanism, designed to function as a barrier to anything that might "corrode" your convictions.”
“Sharing a platform with the most senior officials in Brussels, the Prince attacked those who "corrode" the EU's environmental policies by denying "the vast body of scientific evidence" that climate change is caused by industrial activity.”
“True, no burglar has the time to wait for a lock to corrode in the sea air.”
“One can imagine producers chortling at the suggestion, but they should consider making movies, TV shows and music that support, rather than corrode, the kind of culture that these elites seek to pass on to their own children.”
“Damage From Hurricane Ike Threatens Seawall: Ike left so little sand to shield the Seawall's base that the underpinnings could corrode or wash away, causing the 17-foot-high concrete structure to collapse.”
“He knows censorship very well, the simulation and fear that corrode your work, but he responds angrily to whomever reminds him.”
“Within twenty years, water-soaked steel columns that support the street above the East Side's 4-5-6 trains would corrode and buckle.”
“But calcium can also leach out of concrete pipes if they corrode, a problem in many municipalities as the wastewater infrastructure ages.”
“And that's when things start - and beliefs start to corrode.”
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