- Also called iron rust. the red or orange coating that forms on the surface of iron when exposed to air and moisture, consisting chiefly of ferric hydroxide and ferric oxide formed by oxidation.
- any film or coating on metal caused by oxidation.
- a stain resembling this coating.
- any growth, habit, influence, or agency tending to injure, deteriorate, or impair the mind, character, abilities, usefulness, etc.
- Plant Pathology.
- any of several diseases of plants, characterized by reddish, brownish, or black pustules on the leaves, stems, etc., caused by fungi of the order Uredinales.
- Also called rust fungus.a fungus causing this disease.
- any of several other diseases of unknown cause, characterized by reddish-brown spots or discolorations on the affected parts.
- reddish yellow, reddish brown, or yellowish red.
- to become or grow rusty, as iron.
- to contract rust.
- to deteriorate or become impaired, as through inaction or disuse.
- to become rust-colored.
- to affect with rust.
- to impair as if with rust.
- to make rust-colored.
- having the color rust.
- rust out, (of metal pipes, machinery, etc.) to decay and become unusable through the action of rust.
- rust through, to develop holes, breaks, or the like, because of rust.
- rust together, to join two metal pieces, as iron pipes, by causing the joint to rust.
Origin of rust
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Examples from the Web for rust
Still, there is hope for the Republicans in the Rust Belt—if they can give the public a reason to vote for them.Cleveland, LeBron James, and the 2016 Republican Convention
July 14, 2014
Cenicafé researchers “anticipated climate change would create a scenario where rust was a real pandemic threat,” says Rhinehart.Will Coffee Rust Hurt Starbucks?
June 8, 2014
And the saga of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart had, sadly, come to a close.Investigating ‘True Detective’ Season 2: Everything We Know (So Far) About the HBO Potboiler
May 28, 2014
The Rust Belt city underwent its industrial boom during the Civil War when its steel mills helped produce weapons.Everybody’s Welcome at the Pittsburgh Banjo Club
April 23, 2014
Some of the mutterings of Rust Cohle come from the perfectly elliptical and safely imprecise musings of Thomas Ligotti.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
Repeatedly he requested the Admiralty that they would not leave him to rust in indolence.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
His oft quoted maxim was, "It is better to wear out than to rust out."Cleveland Past and Present
“It is better to wear out than rust out,” said Bishop Cumberland.Self-Help
It was with rust almost as dark a brown as the scabbard that infolded it.Wilfrid Cumbermede
I want to get the rust off, and breathe the air of Paris a bit.'His Masterpiece
- a reddish-brown oxide coating formed on iron or steel by the action of oxygen and moisture
- Also called: rust fungus plant pathol
- any basidiomycetous fungus of the order Uredinales, parasitic on cereal plants, conifers, etc
- any of various plant diseases characterized by reddish-brown discoloration of the leaves and stem, esp that caused by the rust fungi
- a strong brown colour, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish tinge
- (as adjective)a rust carpet
- any corrosive or debilitating influence, esp lack of use
- to become or cause to become coated with a layer of rust
- to deteriorate or cause to deteriorate through some debilitating influence or lack of usehe allowed his talent to rust over the years
Word Origin and History for rust
"red oxide of iron," Old English rust "rust; moral canker," related to rudu "redness," from Proto-Germanic *rusta- (cf. Frisian rust, Old High German and German rost, Middle Dutch ro(e)st), from PIE *reudh-s-to- (cf. Lithuanian rustas "brownish," rudeti "to rust;" Latin robigo, Old Church Slavonic ruzda "rust"), from root *reudh- "red" (see red (adj.1)).
As a plant disease, attested from mid-14c. Rust Belt "decayed urban industrial areas of mid-central U.S." (1984) was popularized, if not coined, by Walter Mondale's presidential campaign.
early 13c., from rust (n.). Transitive sense "cause to rust" is from 1590s. Related: Rusted; rusting.
- Any of a group of parasitic fungi of the order Uredinales that are plant pathogens, especially of cereal grains, and that can produce allergy in humans when inhaled in large numbers.
- Any of the various reddish-brown oxides of iron that form on iron and many of its alloys when they are exposed to oxygen in the presence of moisture.
- Any of various basidiomycete fungi that are parasitic on plants and produce reddish or brownish spots on leaves. Rusts attack a wide variety of plants and can cause enormous damage to crops.
- Any of the various plant diseases caused by these fungi.
- To become corroded or oxidized.