What does corrosion mean?

Definitions for corrosionkəˈroʊ ʒən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. corrosion(noun)

    a state of deterioration in metals caused by oxidation or chemical action

  2. corrosion, corroding, erosion(noun)

    erosion by chemical action


  1. corrosion(Noun)

    The act of corroding or the condition so produced.

  2. corrosion(Noun)

    A substance (such as rust) so formed.

  3. corrosion(Noun)

    Erosion by chemical action, especially oxidation.

  4. corrosion(Noun)

    The gradual destruction or undermining of something.

  5. Origin: From corrosion, or its source, corrosionem, accusative singular of corrosio, from corrodo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Corrosion(noun)

    the action or effect of corrosive agents, or the process of corrosive change; as, the rusting of iron is a variety of corrosion

  2. Origin: [LL. corrosio: cf. F. corrosion. See Corrode.]


  1. Corrosion

    Corrosion is the gradual destruction of materials, by chemical reaction with its environment. In the most common use of the word, this means electrochemical oxidation of metals in reaction with an oxidant such as oxygen. Rusting, the formation of iron oxides, is a well-known example of electrochemical corrosion. This type of damage typically produces oxide or salt of the original metal. Corrosion can also occur in materials other than metals, such as ceramics or polymers, although in this context, the term degradation is more common. Corrosion degrades the useful properties of materials and structures including strength, appearance and permeability to liquids and gases. Many structural alloys corrode merely from exposure to moisture in air, but the process can be strongly affected by exposure to certain substances. Corrosion can be concentrated locally to form a pit or crack, or it can extend across a wide area more or less uniformly corroding the surface. Because corrosion is a diffusion-controlled process, it occurs on exposed surfaces. As a result, methods to reduce the activity of the exposed surface, such as passivation and chromate conversion, can increase a material's corrosion resistance. However, some corrosion mechanisms are less visible and less predictable.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Corrosion

    The gradual destruction of a metal or alloy due to oxidation or action of a chemical agent. (From McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th ed)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of corrosion in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of corrosion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aaron J. Munzer:

    Time heals everything apart from corrosion.

  2. Andrew Saxton:

    You’re dealing with the corrosion from the salt and then also the sea spray hitting the aircraft.

  3. Michael Manazir:

    They made each airplane coming into the depot kind of a one-off, we realized we couldn’t just replace the parts — we also had to look at the corrosion on the surrounding framework.

  4. Thomas McKenna:

    For instance, a bipedal robot could be configured to take shipboard measurements, scan for corrosion and leaks, and identify changes to the shape of the room from its original configuration.

  5. Chris Mercer:

    We re-engined the craft with new engines, added new rotating machinery, new command and control systems, new skirts and fixes to corrosion issues. This put another 10 years of life back into the LCAC.

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