Word Origin See more synonyms for corrode on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), cor·rod·ed, cor·rod·ing. to eat or wear away gradually as if by gnawing, especially by chemical action. to impair; deteriorate: Jealousy corroded his character. verb (used without object), cor·rod·ed, cor·rod·ing. to become corroded. Origin of corrode 1350–1400; Middle English
to gnaw to pieces, equivalent to
to gnaw; akin to
rodent Related forms cor·rod·ent, noun cor·rod·er, noun cor·rod·i·ble, adjective cor·rod·i·bil·i·ty, noun non·cor·rod·i·ble, adjective non·cor·rod·ing, adjective, noun un·cor·rod·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-corrodible to eat away or be eaten away, esp by chemical action as in the oxidation or rusting of a metal (tr) to destroy gradually; consume his jealousy corroded his happiness Derived Forms corrodant or corrodent, noun corroder, noun corrodible, adjective corrodibility, noun Word Origin
C14: from Latin
corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, from rōdere to gnaw; see rodent, rat
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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.
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