corrosive

a) Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, hanging, or destroying the texture or substance of a body; as the corrosive action of an acid.
b) Having the quality of fretting or vexing.
2. noun
a) That which has the quality of eating or wearing away gradually.
b) Any solid, liquid or gas capable of irreparably harming living tissues or damaging material on contact.

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  • Corrosive — Cor*ro sive (k?r r? s?v), a. [Cf. F. corrosif.] 1. Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, changing, or destroying the texture or substance of a body; as, the corrosive action of an acid. Corrosive liquors. Grew. Corrosive famine.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corrosive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ tending to cause corrosion. ► NOUN ▪ a corrosive substance. DERIVATIVES corrosively adverb corrosiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Corrosive — Cor*ro sive, n. 1. That which has the quality of eating or wearing away gradually. [1913 Webster] [Corrosives] act either directly, by chemically destroying the part, or indirectly by causing inflammation and gangrene. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corrosive — index adverse (negative), bitter (penetrating), caustic, decadent, deleterious, disadvantageous …   Law dictionary

  • corrosive — late 14c., from O.Fr. corrosif (13c.), from corroder (see CORRODE (Cf. corrode)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • corrosive — [adj] consuming, wearing; bitter acerb, acerbic, acrid, biting, caustic, corroding, cutting, destructive, erosive, incisive, sarcastic, strongly acid, trenchant, venomous, virulent, wasting; concept 537 Ant. contributing, fortifying, supporting …   New thesaurus

  • corrosive — [kə rō′siv] adj. [OFr corrosif < ML corrosivus] 1. corroding or causing corrosion 2. bitingly sarcastic; cutting; acid n. something causing corrosion corrosively adv. corrosiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • corrosive — adjective Date: 14th century 1. tending or having the power to corrode < corrosive acids > < corrosive action > < the corrosive effects of alcoholism > 2. bitingly sarcastic < corrosive satire > • corrosive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • corrosive — [[t]kəro͟ʊsɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A corrosive substance is able to destroy solid materials by a chemical reaction. Sodium and sulphur are highly corrosive. 2) ADJ GRADED If you say that something has a corrosive effect, you mean that it gradually… …   English dictionary

  • corrosive — corrosively, adv. corrosiveness, corrosivity /kawr oh siv i tee, kor /, n. /keuh roh siv/, adj. 1. having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive. 2. harmful or destructive; deleterious: the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage …   Universalium

  • corrosive — 1. Causing corrosion. 2. An agent that produces corrosion; e.g., a strong acid or alkali. * * * cor·ro·sive rō siv, ziv adj tending or having the power to corrode <corrosive acids> <a corrosive gas> cor·ro·sive·ness n corrosive …   Medical dictionary

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