- to eat or wear away gradually as if by gnawing, especially by chemical action.
- to impair; deteriorate: Jealousy corroded his character.
- to become corroded.
Origin of corrode
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Examples from the Web for corrode
It would be tempting, at this point, to say that the Internet will corrode religious authority and usher in the Great Secular Age.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…
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They can corrode through whatever human tissue they contact if swallowed or stuck into an orifice, sometimes in a matter of hours.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.
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Throwing hot fat into your trash can will melt the bag, and pouring it down the sink will corrode the pipes.America's Bacon Addiction
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His limbs lost their flexibility, and some of his wiring started to corrode.Beside Still Waters
Put vaseline on the wire so the fumes of gas will not corrode it.The Automobile Storage Battery
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Salt solutions, such as sea water, corrode the metal rapidly.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
Such a mixture would, in all probability, corrode sheet-iron.Cakes & Ale
So tallow and the like should not be placed where they can corrode iron or steel.Farm Engines and How to Run Them
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- to eat away or be eaten away, esp by chemical action as in the oxidation or rusting of a metal
- (tr) to destroy gradually; consumehis jealousy corroded his happiness
C14: from Latin corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, from rōdere to gnaw; see rodent, rat
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Word Origin and History for corrode
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