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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Corrosive  \Cor*ro"sive\,  n. 
  1.  That  which  has  the  quality  of  eating  or  wearing  away 
  gradually. 
 
  [Corrosives]  act  either  directly,  by  chemically 
  destroying  the  part  or  indirectly  by  causing 
  inflammation  and  gangrene.  --Dunglison. 
 
  2.  That  which  has  the  power  of  fretting  or  irritating. 
 
  Such  speeches  .  .  .  are  grievous  corrosives. 
  --Hooker. 
  --  {Cor*ro"sive*ly},  adv  --  {Cor*ro"sive*ness},  n. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.''  --Thomson. 
 
  2.  Having  the  quality  of  fretting  or  vexing. 
 
  Care  is  no  cure,  but  corrosive.  --Shak. 
 
  {Corrosive  sublimate}  (Chem.),  mercuric  chloride,  {HgCl2};  so 
  called  because  obtained  by  sublimation,  and  because  of  its 
  harsh  irritating  action  on  the  body  tissue.  Usually  it  is 
  in  the  form  of  a  heavy,  transparent,  crystalline 
  substance,  easily  soluble,  and  of  an  acrid,  burning  taste. 
  It  is  a  virulent  poison,  a  powerful  antiseptic,  and  an 
  excellent  antisyphilitic;  called  also  {mercuric 
  bichloride}.  It  is  to  be  carefully  distinguished  from 
  calomel,  the  mild  chloride  of  mercury. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  corrosive 
  adj  :  of  a  substance,  especially  a  strong  acid;  capable  of 
  destroying  or  eating  away  by  chemical  action  [syn:  {caustic}, 
  {erosive},  {vitriolic}] 
  n  :  a  substance  having  the  tendency  to  cause  corrosion  (such  a 
  strong  acids  or  alkali) 




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