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Meaning & Definition of Rust in English

English

Rust

/rəst/

noun

1. A red or brown oxide coating on iron or steel caused by the action of oxygen and moisture

    synonym:
  • rust

2. A plant disease that produces a reddish-brown discoloration of leaves and stems

  • Caused by various rust fungi
    synonym:
  • rust

3. The formation of reddish-brown ferric oxides on iron by low-temperature oxidation in the presence of water

    synonym:
  • rust
  • ,
  • rusting

4. Any of various fungi causing rust disease in plants

    synonym:
  • rust
  • ,
  • rust fungus

verb

1. Become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid

  • "The metal corroded"
  • "The pipes rusted"
    synonym:
  • corrode
  • ,
  • rust

2. Cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid

  • "The acid corroded the metal"
  • "The steady dripping of water rusted the metal stopper in the sink"
    synonym:
  • corrode
  • ,
  • eat
  • ,
  • rust

3. Become coated with oxide

    synonym:
  • rust

adjective

1. Of the brown color of rust

    synonym:
  • rust
  • ,
  • rusty
  • ,
  • rust-brown

Examples of using

The knives are covered with rust.
Gold doesn't rust.
The old iron pipe was full of rust.