verb (used with object), corroded, corroding.
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), corroded, corroding.
to become corroded.
to eat away or be eaten away, esp by chemical action as in the oxidation or rusting of a metal
(transitive) to destroy gradually; consume: his jealousy corroded his happiness
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.
[kuh-roh-siv] /kəˈroʊ sɪv/ adjective 1. having the quality of or eating away; erosive. 2. harmful or destructive; deleterious: the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage. 3. sharply sarcastic; caustic: corrosive comments on the speaker’s integrity. noun 4. something corrosive, as an acid or drug. /kəˈrəʊsɪv/ adjective 1. (esp of acids or alkalis) capable of […]
[kuh-ruhpt] /kəˈrʌpt/ adjective 1. guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: a corrupt judge. 2. debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil: a corrupt society. 3. made inferior by errors or alterations, as a text. 4. infected; tainted. 5. decayed; putrid. verb (used with object) 6. to destroy the integrity of; cause to […]
[kawr-ti-kuh l] /ˈkɔr tɪ kəl/ adjective 1. Anatomy. of, pertaining to, resembling, or consisting of . 2. Physiology. resulting from the function or condition of the . 3. Botany. of or relating to the . adj. 1670s, from Modern Latin corticalis, from cortex “bark of a tree” (see cortex). cortical cor·ti·cal (kôr’tĭ-kəl) adj.
- Non-count noun
noun, Grammar. 1. a noun, as water, electricity, or happiness, that typically refers to an indefinitely divisible substance or an abstract notion, and that in English cannot be used, in such a sense, with the indefinite article or in the plural. noun 1. a noun that refers to an extended substance rather than to each […]