corrosion

Part of speech: noun

Gradual decay.

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Usage examples "corrosion":

  1. Muntz metal is used where iron or steel would suffer greatly from corrosion when in contact with salt water. - "Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II", Joshua Rose.
  2. The valve was not easy to turn; it seemed fixed with the corrosion of ages. - "The Pygmy Planet", John Stewart Williamson.
  3. The line of corrosion extending around the hull might have weakened her so badly that she was unseaworthy. - "The Lost Warship", Robert Moore Williams.