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The bridge is painted each year to protect the steel from salt air corrosion.
  a state of deterioration — especially in metals
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corrosion corroded corrode corrodes corroding corrodible
Strongly Associated with:   corrosive
In metals, "corrosion"  refers to deterioration caused by oxidation or chemical action. It is also used metaphorically, as in "the corrosion of our values".
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  • The bridge is painted each year to protect the steel from salt air corrosion.
  • the corrosion of American values
  • He unsnapped the corroding latches and opened it.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • It has a dry, clear and virtually smog-free climate that helps minimize corrosion.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • Sophia told them about some of the antics that went on at the sorority house—including the fact that the plumbing had to be replaced because too many girls were bulimic, which corroded the pipes—and Luke told a few stories about some of the more colorful events on tour, one of which included a friend—who went nameless—and a woman he picked up at the bar who turned out to be …. not quite what he imagined.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • They started up the steps, which were gold streaked with the black of ash and corrosion.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The balance of the identifiable food items included fragments of caribou bones, caribou hair, a few bird feathers and, surprisingly, a brass button much corroded by the action of digestive juices but still bearing a recognizable anchor-and-cable motif such as is used in various merchant navy services.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • It didn’t seem to have been damaged by the fire or corroded by the bone-tar.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But because the society had corroded Mrs. Brown’s image of the black man, I did not feel sufficiently compelled to allow Mrs. Brown to infect my students with her malady.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Their shields looked like giant corroded pennies.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus

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  • That was before it corroded to orange.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • But it corroded Alec’s peace of mind just the same.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Shells, gas clouds, and flotillas of tanks—shattering, corroding, death.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Papa’s eyes started corroding.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Or a murdered reality, unborn, killed by that corroding emotion without name—fear—need—dependence—hatred?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I felt even my soul had been corroded by salt.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Reestablished in the corroded shell of Fairbanks 142, McCandless fell back into his routine of hunting and gathering.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • And worse, the teeth had braces, bands of corroded scummy metal with pieces of fish and driftwood and floating garbage stuck between them.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • You’ve got a corroded control disk.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • 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.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The air stank of corrosion and burning.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • The real Clarisse demanded, holding the other girl in her arms while the campers struggled to remove the poison-corroded helmet.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • The air was even mustier than before–humid and corroded, with a peculiar acrid bite that seemed to cling to the back of my throat.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • It so chanced that almost upon first cutting into him with the spade, the entire length of a corroded harpoon was found imbedded in his flesh, on the lower part of the bunch before described.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • If real, why is it that I can recall in all that island of greenness no fountain but one that was broken, corroded and dry?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Worry had crept on a corroding world, and what was lost—good manners, ease and beauty?
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • For it is plain, that every word we speak is, in some degree, a diminution of our lunge by corrosion, and, consequently, contributes to the shortening of our lives.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Captain Nemo showed me a tin box, stamped with the coat of arms of France and all corroded by salt water.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • If you choose a mix of contradictions, it will clog your motor, corrode your transmission and wreck you on your first attempt to move with a machine which you, the driver, have corrupted.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, warm and racy: its after-flavour, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poisoned.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Judging from their corroded shields and the smoking plumes on their helmets, they’d already learned about the basilisks’ poison and fire.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • ’There I found a seat of some yellow metal that I did not recognize, corroded in places with a kind of pinkish rust and half smothered in soft moss, the arm-rests cast and filed into the resemblance of griffins’ heads.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • With a word, he had dispelled the scrim of corrosion.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Two thousand summers have imparted to the monuments of Grecian literature, as to her marbles, only a maturer golden and autumnal tint, for they have carried their own serene and celestial atmosphere into all lands to protect them against the corrosion of time.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • And was it really true that she carried a little golden nugget inside her—a jewel that cannot be corroded by time, a soul that would live on when her own body grew old and died?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Staring at Valentine from behind the rock, Jace felt as he always did now when he thought of his father—a persistent familial affection corroded through with bleakness, disappointment, and mistrust.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • "Good grief, so it’s your fault those people were killed and I’m having to answer questions about rusted rigging and corroded expansion joints and I don’t know what else!" said the Prime Minister furiously.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • A man’s got to carry something besides a corroded liver with him out of that dark backwood and abysm of time, and it might as well be the little black books.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • She no longer meant to destroy them: that intention had been effaced by the quick corrosion of Mrs. Peniston’s words.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The metal was corroded and the railings bent under pressure.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Zilla’s face was wrinkled like the Medusa, her voice was a dagger of corroded brass.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The valves were made of titanium because they had to function reliably after prolonged exposure to high temperature, and also because titanium was very corrosion-resistant—high-temperature water was murderously corrosive.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • To some small degree he did succeed in further corroding Ayemenem’s view of working wives.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Native ferocity held one in subjection, while the corroding passion of revenge prevented the other from admitting any gentler feeling at the moment.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • While his heart is heavy with corroding care, suspense, distrust, and doubt, it may have room for some sorrowful wonder when he recalls how different his first visit there, how different he, how different all the colours of his mind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • There were the proofs: an emerald earring and a medal of the Virgin, the chain corroded by salt.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • LARRY—(grins) Yes, it’s my bad luck to be cursed with an iron constitution that even Harry’s booze can’t corrode.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Many of them were very old, and as time keepers valueless; the works having suffered, more or less, from corrosion—but all were richly jewelled and in cases of great worth.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • She alternately considered ways of leaving Kennicott, and remembered his virtues, pitied his bewilderment in face of the subtle corroding sicknesses which he could not dose nor cut out.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Keen as was her interest in the rugged relics of the Roman past that lay scattered about her and in which the corrosion of centuries had still left so much of individual life, her thoughts, after resting a while on these things, had wandered, by a concatenation of stages it might require some subtlety to trace, to regions and objects charged with a more active appeal.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
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