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  • 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.   (source)
    corrosive = damaging or harmful
  • On December 16, 1989, thousands of people took to the streets of Timisoara to protest his corrosive regime.   (source)
  • Their bodies were slashed with open cracks that formed under the corrosive onslaught of sun, salt, wind, and fuel residue.†   (source)
  • Good old reliable H2SO4, an oily, colorless, corrosive liquid used in dyes, paints, explosives, and many chemical experiments.†   (source)
  • Harry felt a corrosive hatred toward Ron: Something had broken between them.†   (source)
  • Corrosive to the soul, quite possibly.†   (source)
  • In much of the United States, legitimate concerns about immigration and anti-immigrant measures have had a corrosive side effect: immigrants have been dehumanized and demonized.†   (source)
  • All I could think of was Kilvin's statement during the demonstration: In addition to being highly corrosive, the gas burns wizen it comes in contact with air ... Even as I turned to look, the leg gave way and the worktable began to tip.†   (source)
  • She's responsible for plagues, sickness, and catastrophes; she's immune to fire, radiation, toxins, corrosives, disease, and aging.†   (source)
  • There's nothing so painful, so corrosive, as suspicion.†   (source)
  • She stopped suddenly as doubt struck her with vicious and corrosive force.†   (source)
  • It has been proven that the devil has sulphuric properties and this is just a little corrosive sublimate.†   (source)
  • My mouth filled with liquid, bile and blood from biting my tongue, salty and corrosive and sweet.†   (source)
  • But in the end it comes down to a matter of respect, and the simplest way that respect is communicated is through tone of voice, and the most corrosive tone of voice that a doctor can assume is a dominant tone.†   (source)
  • Mami's letters, as regular as the months themselves, were corrosive slaps in the face.†   (source)
  • The only antidote for the corrosive poison of violence is finding peace within yourself.†   (source)
  • Another hillside was covered with lean-tos and shacks of corrugated tin, the colors rust brown or a darker corrosive hue.†   (source)
  • His throat burned as if he'd swallowed corrosive chemicals.†   (source)
  • Probably one in four carried disease, and those who did not spread their own corrosive discouragement.†   (source)
  • The clinging, overpowering conviction of death spread steadily with the continuing rainfall, soaking mordantly into each man's ailing countenance like the corrosive blot of some crawling disease.†   (source)
  • That great admirer of yours, Miss Dagny Taggart, was furious at me for the mere hint of a suggestion that her hero wasn't as pure as his stainless, non-corrosive rail.†   (source)
  • Thus with Sophie it may have been this complex of emotions that caused her to be silent about certain things—this corrosive guilt together with a simple but passionately motivated reticence.†   (source)
  • Another one named Zach Sklar was a Russian Jew" Stone considered the program an insidious, corrosive threat to his domination of the island's people and politics.†   (source)
  • The heat battered the front of my body, and I threw my free arm up to protect my face, praying the moisture on my pants would save my legs from the worst of the corrosive nature of the fog.†   (source)
  • Even when he was horribly wounded—he lost most of one of his legs on Iwo Jima—he maintained a cheerfulness I could only describe as exalted, writing me letters from his hospital bed that bubbled with a mixture of joie de vivre and Swiftian corrosiveness and energy.†   (source)
  • He started thinking about the properties of wood and the corrosiveness of salt water.†   (source)
  • I imagined she would have already hosed us down with acid if she weren't worried about the long-term effects of corrosives on her larvae.†   (source)
  • The other war, the bloody one of twenty years, did not cause them as much damage as the corrosive war of eternal postponements.†   (source)
  • I tried to retrieve my arrow, but the shaft snapped in my hand, the broken end covered in steaming corrosive goo.†   (source)
  • The shame that tormented me was all the more corrosive for having no very clear origin: I didn't know why I felt so tainted, and worthless, and wrong—only that I did, and whenever I looked up from my books I was swamped by slimy waters rushing in from all sides.†   (source)
  • Without slowing I held my breath, closed my eyes, and jumped over the fog, not wanting to let the horrible corrosive stuff touch my legs.†   (source)
  • "In addition to being highly corrosive," Kilvin said, "in its gaseous state the reagent is flammable.†   (source)
  • Death, he had come to believe, was a corrosive thing, and the more he was around it, the more it gnawed away at who he was.†   (source)
  • The squirrel's yap had left a crackling in my ears and some corrosive thoughts rattling around in my brain.†   (source)
  • The public condemnation was corrosive.†   (source)
  • If you consider that for thirteen years this Institute has had a department of metallurgical research, which has cost over twenty million dollars and has produced nothing but a new silver polish and a new anti-corrosive preparation, which, I believe, is not so good as the old ones-you can imagine what the public reaction will be if some private individual comes out with a product that revolutionizes the entire science of metallurgy and proves to be sensationally successful!†   (source)
  • Guilt, corrosive as brine.†   (source)
  • It was not only his sordid insertion of the issue of Vernichtung—even the most hidebound of the teachers had no stomach for such a notion, presented in whatever Swiftian mode of corrosive ridicule—but it was that Third Reich worship and pan-Germanic rapture of his which at this late date would make him blind and deaf to his colleagues' own throbbing, heartfelt patriotism.†   (source)
  • Specifically, this had been not much more than a year ago, when, at the just-liberated camp in the terminal hours of that existence she no longer allowed herself to remember, the Russian voice—a bass-baritone but harsh, corrosive as lye—pierced her delirium, penetrated the sweat and the fever and the kennel filth of the hard straw-strewn wooden shelf where she lay, to mutter over her in an impassive tone, "I think this one is finished too."†   (source)
  • It was as though his whole body were smouldering, a stark, throbbing, curdling emanation flowed from him, a dark, corrosive haze that was all the more fearful because David sensed how thin an aura it was of the terrific volcano clamped within.†   (source)
  • If somebody had doctored them with corrosive sublimate, they would have been Not-Done seeds, and that was that Even the moons, mammies, doves, etc., in the broadcasts were completely described when they were stated to be done ones.†   (source)
  • He's a corrosive gas.†   (source)
  • It is sticking here in the pit of my stomach, eating into me like a corrosive acid.†   (source)
  • Aylmer snatched the metallic plate and threw it into a jar of corrosive acid.†   (source)
  • Martyrdom is sublimation, corrosive sublimation.†   (source)
  • They were finishing a bottle of corrosive bootlegged whisky and imploring the bell-boy, "Say, son, can you get us some more of this embalming fluid?"†   (source)
  • '"They sat in the stern shoulder to shoulder, with the skipper in the middle, like three dirty owls, and stared at me," I heard him say with an intention of hate that distilled a corrosive virtue into the commonplace words like a drop of powerful poison falling into a glass of water; but my thoughts dwelt upon that sunrise.†   (source)
  • He was a small, skinny, clean-shaven man, and so ugly—caustically, one could almost say corrosively, ugly—that the cousins were astonished.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile, abiding a day of judgment, she fought ceaselessly to deny the bitter drops in her cup, to tear back the slow, the intangibly slow growth of a hot, corrosive lichen eating into her heart.†   (source)
  • Dorothea accused herself of some meanness in this timidity: it was always odious to her to have any small fears or contrivances about her actions, but at this moment she was seeking the highest aid possible that she might not dread the corrosiveness of Celia's pretty carnally minded prose.†   (source)
  • What touched Isabel like a drop of corrosive acid upon an open wound was the knowledge that Osmond dishonoured her in his words as well as in his thoughts.†   (source)
  • Binet explained that he wanted a corrosive to make himself some copperwater with which to remove rust from his hunting things.†   (source)
  • Among other zoophytes there were Portuguese men-of-war known by the name Physalia pelagica, like big, oblong bladders with a pearly sheen, spreading their membranes to the wind, letting their blue tentacles drift like silken threads; to the eye delightful jellyfish, to the touch actual nettles that ooze a corrosive liquid.†   (source)
  • The stylus wrote in a noncorrosive, alcohol-based fluorescent ink that was visible only under black light.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "non-" in noncorrosive means not and reverses the meaning of corrosive. This is the same pattern you see in words like nonfat, nonfiction, and nonprofit.
  • STEPHEN: (Panting) His noncorrosive sublimate!†   (source)
  • After completion of laconic epistolary compositions she abandoned the implement of calligraphy in the encaustic pigment, exposed to the corrosive action of copperas, green vitriol and nutgall.†   (source)
  • senator; after which, having maturely considered and consulted upon the nature of the several maladies, and the methods of cure, they should on the fourth day return to the senate house, attended by their apothecaries stored with proper medicines; and before the members sat, administer to each of them lenitives, aperitives, abstersives, corrosives, restringents, palliatives, laxatives, cephalalgics, icterics, apophlegmatics, acoustics, as their several cases required; and, according as these medicines should operate, repeat, alter, or omit them, at the next meeting.†   (source)
  • seat—perhaps in view
    Of those bright confines, whence, with neighbouring arms,
    And opportune excursion, we may chance
    Re-enter Heaven; or else in some mild zone
    Dwell, not unvisited of Heaven's fair light,
    Secure, and at the brightening orient beam
    Purge off this gloom: the soft delicious air,
    To heal the scar of these corrosive fires,
    Shall breathe her balm.†   (source)
  • Yet forgot I to make rehearsale
    Of waters corrosive, and of limaile,* *metal filings
    And of bodies' mollification,
    And also of their induration,
    Oiles, ablutions, metal fusible,
    To tellen all, would passen any Bible
    That owhere* is; wherefore, as for the best, *anywhere
    Of all these names now will I me rest;
    For, as I trow, I have you told enough
    To raise a fiend, all look he ne'er so rough.†   (source)
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