corrode

Part of speech: verb

To eat away gradually; be eaten away; rust.

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Usage examples "corrode":

  1. She almost laughed to think how she had allowed so small a thing as the secret which Max could not tell her to corrode and eat into the heart of happiness. - "The Splendid Folly", Margaret Pedler.
  2. No. If you put them into glass boxes to watch them, they manage to corrode the glass so it ceases to be transparent. - "The Raid on the Termites", Paul Ernst.
  3. My kitchen midden is less conspicuous than those of the blacks, and, decently interred, glass and china shards the only lasting evidence thereof, for the few fragments of iron speedily corrode to nothingness in this damp and saline air. - "My Tropic Isle", E J Banfield.