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Meaning of CORRODE

Pronunciation:  ku'rowd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become destroyed by water, air, or an etching chemical such as an acid; "The metal corroded"; "The pipes rusted"
  2. [v]  cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid; "The acid corroded the metal"; "The steady dripping of water rusted the metal stopper in the sink"

CORRODE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: rust
 See Also: crumble, damage, decay, delapidate, eat away, fret



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cor*rode"\ (k?r-r?d") v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Corroded};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Corroding}.] [L. corrodere, -rosum; cor +
    rodere to gnaw: cf. F. corroder. See {Rodent}.]
    1. To eat away by degrees; to wear away or diminish by
       gradually separating or destroying small particles of, as
       by action of a strong acid or a caustic alkali.
             Aqua fortis corroding copper . . . is wont to reduce
             it to a green-blue solution.          --Boyle.
    2. To consume; to wear away; to prey upon; to impair.
  2. \Cor*rode"\, v. i.
    To have corrosive action; to be subject to corrosion.
    {Corroding lead}, lead sufficiently pure to be used in making
       white lead by a process of corroding.
    Syn: To canker; gnaw; rust; waste; wear away.
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