v. cor·rod·ed, cor·rod·ing, cor·rodes
1. To destroy (a metal or alloy) gradually, especially by oxidation or chemical action: The acid corroded the metal.
2. To impair steadily; deteriorate: "Doubt and mistrust could creep into our lives, corroding personal and professional relationships" (Philip Taubman).
To be eaten or worn away.
[Middle English corroden, from Latin corrōdere, to gnaw away : com-, intensive pref.; see COM- + rōdere, to gnaw; see rēd- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
cor·rodi·ble, cor·rosi·ble (-rōsə-bəl) adj.
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