1. [syn: corrosion, corroding, erosion]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Corrode \Cor*rode"\ (k?r-r?d") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Corroded;
p. pr. & vb. n. Corroding.] [L. corrodere, -rosum; cor +
rodere to gnaw: cf. F. corroder. See Rodent.]
1. 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. --Boyle.
2. To consume; to wear away; to prey upon; to impair.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: erosion by chemical action [syn: corrosion, corroding,