Definition of corrode in English:


Syllabification: cor·rode
Pronunciation: /kəˈrōd


[with object]
  • 1Destroy or damage (metal, stone, or other materials) slowly by chemical action: acid rain poisons fish and corrodes buildings
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    • The chemicals - abandoned in the old building - had corroded their metal containers and seeped into a path.
    • Aqua regia is basically a mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acids, and it is one of the few chemical reagents potent enough to corrode gold.
    • Boyle went on to characterize acids, noting their sour or tart taste and their ability to corrode metals.
    wear away, eat away (at), gnaw away (at), erode, abrade, consume, destroy
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of metal or other materials) be destroyed or damaged in this way: over the years copper tubing corrodes
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    • Galvanized iron and copper screen were used in the past but these materials corrode over a period of time and should be replaced before they discolor the window frames and walls.
    • While homes covered in other materials can corrode, rot, split, warp, dent, or crack through the years, brick does not.
    • As the steel corrodes into rust, the re-bar expands and splits the concrete open.
    rust, become rusty, tarnish; wear away, disintegrate, crumble, perish, spoil; oxidize
  • 2Destroy or weaken (something) gradually: the self-centered climate corrodes ideals and concerns about social justice
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    • Instead, it seems that it is causing a more complicated destabilisation - inflaming long-running local conflicts, and gradually corroding nation states.
    • And we also know that wars undertaken when they have no clear relation either to a nation's interests or its ideals can corrode the internal life of nations or at least reveal their weaknesses.
    • This is the moment and the method to decide whether it will continue to corrode our relations and undermine our ambitions for the indefinite future, or not.



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  • Material scientists have constructed a stent from corrodible iron and tested it out.
  • However, NOAA Fisheries is conducting research into other specifications or definitions of corrodible hooks.
  • On May 8, 1985 the federal Interim Prohibition became effective banning nationwide the installation of corrodible tanks and piping until final federal regulations became effective.


late Middle English: from Latin corrodere, from cor- (expressing intensive force) + rodere 'gnaw'.

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