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corrode

[kuh-rohd]
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verb (used with object), cor·rod·ed, cor·rod·ing.
  1. to eat or wear away gradually as if by gnawing, especially by chemical action.
  2. to impair; deteriorate: Jealousy corroded his character.
verb (used without object), cor·rod·ed, cor·rod·ing.
  1. to become corroded.

Origin of corrode

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, equivalent to cor- cor- + rōdere to gnaw; akin to rodent
Related formscor·rod·ent, nouncor·rod·er, nouncor·rod·i·ble, adjectivecor·rod·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·cor·rod·i·ble, adjectivenon·cor·rod·ing, adjective, nounun·cor·rod·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-corrodible

corrode

verb
  1. to eat away or be eaten away, esp by chemical action as in the oxidation or rusting of a metal
  2. (tr) to destroy gradually; consumehis jealousy corroded his happiness
Derived Formscorrodant or corrodent, nouncorroder, nouncorrodible, adjectivecorrodibility, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, from rōdere to gnaw; see rodent, rat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for non-corrodible

corrode

v.

c.1400, from Old French corroder (14c.) or directly from Latin corrodere "to gnaw to bits, wear away," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + rodere "to gnaw" (see rodent). Related: Corroded; corroding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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