- 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 corroding
Oxygen is an extremely reactive chemical, corroding metals, rusting iron, and fueling fires.Why Did It Take So Long For Complex Life To Evolve On Earth? Blame Oxygen.
Matthew R. Francis
November 2, 2014
It was a sobering view of how drug policies were corroding trust in the criminal-justice system.How Eric Holder Got His Chance to Overhaul Broken Sentencing System
August 16, 2013
With the farmer there are no all-absorbing cares, no corroding anxieties, no vitiating excitement.
She had a corroding sensation in her throat as though she tasted metal.The Narrow House
Fear, corroding, soul-destroying fear, had found a footing there.The Yazoo Mystery
Only the cold, corroding uncertainty, the growing apprehension.Marley's Chain
Alan Edward Nourse
It had been splashed from the tank and, where it had spilled, metal was corroding rapidly.Accidental Flight
Floyd L. Wallace
- 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 corroding
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