• WordNet 3.6
    • v corrode become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid "The metal corroded","The pipes rusted"
    • v corrode 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Corrode To consume; to wear away; to prey upon; to impair.
    • Corrode 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."
    • v. i Corrode To have corrosive action; to be subject to corrosion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • corrode Literally, to eat or gnaw away gradually; hence, to wear away, diminish, or disintegrate (a body) by gradually separating small particles from (it), especially by the action of a chemical agent: as, nitric acid corrodes copper: often used figuratively.
    • corrode Synonyms To canker, gnaw, waste.
    • corrode To gnaw; eat or wear away gradually.
    • corrode Figuratively, to become gradually impaired or deteriorated; waste away.
    • corrode To act by or as if by corrosion or canker, or a process of eating or wearing away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Corrode kor-ōd′ to eat away by degrees: to rust
    • v.i Corrode to be eaten away
    • n Corrode that which corrodes
    • n Corrode that which has the power of corroding
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  • Jesse Owens
    Jesse Owens
    “Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.”
  • Owen Felltham
    Owen Felltham
    “Negligence is the rust of the soul, that corrodes through all her best resolves.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “That which corrodes the souls of the persecuted is the monstrous inner agreement with the prevailing prejudice against them.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. corrodere, -rosum,; cor, + rodere, to gnaw: cf. F. corroder,. See Rodent


In literature:

Iron hopper closets easily corrode; they are usually enameled on the inside.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
I don't want memories of violence to be left corroding and rankling in my mind.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Since then the conflict has corroded into futility all the buoyant energies of the country.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
Vegetables soon turn sour, and corrode metals and glazed red ware, by which a strong poison is produced.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
A heavy white cloud shrouded the corroded green machine.
"The Pygmy Planet" by John Stewart Williamson
The primary ulcer has a corroded appearance.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
But Joan was safe from it now; its insidious poison would corrode in her heart no more.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
Let it stand, and it corrodes with matter which throws off offensive odours.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
I was heart-whole from the corroding passion for play.
"Masterpieces of Mystery" by Various
Corroded Grids.-How Impurities Cause Corroded Grids.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte

In poetry:

And dost thou ask what secret woe
I bear, corroding joy and youth?
And wilt thou vainly seek to know
A pang even thou must fail to soothe?
"Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: A Romaunt. Canto I. " by Lord George Gordon Byron
These royalties rust-eaten,
These worm-corroded lies,
That keep thine head storm-beaten
And sunlike strength of eyes
From the open heaven and air of intercepted skies;
"A Marching Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Elijah, thou didst safe, from Israel's king,
And from a graceless woman's malice, bring:
Rescue thou me from each corroding grief,
And send me from my bloody foes relief!
"A Prayer, Against The Oppression Of One's Foe. " by Rees Prichard
THE god of love, in pity to our swain,
At last revok'd BLACK CARE'S corroding reign;
For, doubtless, in his views he oft was cross'd,
While such a lover to the world was lost.
"Joconde" by Jean de La Fontaine
Where now are all my flattering dreams of joy?
Monimia, give my soul her wonted rest;
Since first thy beauty fix'd my roving eye,
Heart-gnawing cares corrode my pensive breast.
"Love Elegy (in imitation of Tibullus)" by Tobias Smollett
O wonderful meeting, on the verge
Of Life and the dark BEYOND!
O wonderful glance from soul to soul
United by tenderest bond!
The one corroded with earth and care,
The other as falling snow-flakes fair;--
"The First Look" by Mary Gardiner Horsford

In news:

To keep corrosion under control, remove the corroded panel and replace it with a new panel patch.
City officials hope a weight restriction will shelter the wave-corroded section of Rockaway Beach Drive before this winter's storms do further damage to its integrity.
The El Paso Police Department and El Paso firefighters are evacuating a West Side neighborhood after firefighters had trouble repairing a corroded gas line .
The result is that ferrous metal products corrode at a very high rate.
Moisture in a refrigeration system can saturate drier/filters, corrode metal parts, create acids and other problems.
Lack of GFCI protection in power washer coupled with corroded, failing receptacle lead to death of dairy farm worker.
Made of a lightweight, space-age ABS structural foam resin, they won't dent, crack or corrode.
Center Studies Concrete Coatings And Repair Methods For Corroded Steel Piles .
Dumped into pits, leaking from corroding containers, buried in unlined landfills, and left on test ranges, military toxics have leached into groundwater and polluted drinking water.
From leaky roofs to corroded underground pipes, old plants are slow-motion accidents waiting to happen.
The Top 10 Reasons Lying Will Corrode Your Self-Esteem .
1-A U-joints need to be replaced and can become quite corroded over time.
It will take about two years and $54 million to properly replace more than 25,000 Boston "Big Dig" tunnel light fixtures that are corroding due to paint failure.
Broken Arrow police officers and the Broken Arrow Street Crimes Unit cleaned up a corroding meth lab in Adams Creek on Saturday afternoon after a persistent, good Samaritan reported the multiple shake and bake on Thanksgiving day.
The system reduces the risks of freezing and corroding air components.