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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 Indo-European roots.]

cor·rod′i·ble, cor·ro′si·ble (-rō′sə-bəl) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.corroding - erosion by chemical action
chemical action, chemical change, chemical process - (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved
pitting, indentation, roughness - the formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion
rusting, rust - the formation of reddish-brown ferric oxides on iron by low-temperature oxidation in the presence of water
References in classic literature ?
In the middle of it rose two great stones, worn and sharpened at the upper end until they looked like the huge corroding fangs of some monstrous beast.
Narrow streets, vast, gloomy marble palaces, black with the corroding damps of centuries, and all partly submerged; no dry land visible any where, and no sidewalks worth mentioning; if you want to go to church, to the theatre, or to the restaurant, you must call a gondola.
This disease of business would be corroding you and marring you all the time.
The cabman, short and broad, eyed him with his fierce little eyes that seemed to smart in a clear and corroding liquid.
She said that corruption was the biggest problem and was slowing corroding the nation, saying that she was deeply hurt and became hopeless by what she had witnessed.
The actual corrosion level, also known as corrosion loss, was accordingly measured as the loss in weight of steel bar relative to the weight before corroding, thereby representing an average corrosion level.
Stewart, "Mechanical behaviour of pitting corrosion of flexural and shear reinforcement and its effect on structural reliability of corroding RC beams," Structural Safety, vol.
The sensor is prepared by corroding a section of the optical fiber between the two joints, core-offset joint, and excessive fusion joint, stretched in HF solution.
The anode rod is a sacrificial zinc rod that helps keep the tank from corroding.
The stress-strain relations of RC with different replacement content and corroding time are explicitly analyzed, and the elastic modulus and failure behaviors are also included.
Brushing at the 'wrong' time - particularly within 20 minutes of finishing a meal - can drive the acid deeper into your teeth, corroding them far faster than they would have rotted by themselves.
The operator reportedly hopes to dump the contaminated water in order to prevent it from corroding facilities at the plant.