Oxidized vs Rust - What's the difference?

oxidized | rust |

As verbs the difference between oxidized and rust

is that oxidized is (oxidize) while rust is to grow.

As an adjective oxidized

is that has reacted with oxygen, or been modified by oxidation.




  • (oxidize)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • That has reacted with oxygen, or been modified by oxidation
  • rust


    (wikipedia rust)


    (en noun)
  • The deteriorated state of iron or steel as a result of moisture and oxidation.
  • The rust on my bicycle chain made cycling to work very dangerous.
  • A similar substance based on another metal (usually with qualification, such as "copper rust").
  • aerugo. Green or blue-green copper rust ; verdigris. (American Heritage Dictionary, 1973)
  • A reddish-brown color.
  • A disease of plants caused by a reddish-brown fungus.
  • (-)

    Derived terms

    * cedar-apple rust * coffee rust * Rust Belt * rust bucket * rust fungus * rust mite * rustproof * rusty * stem rust * wheat rust * white pine blister rust * white rust


    (en verb)
  • to oxidize, especially of iron or steel.
  • The patio furniture had rusted in the wind-driven spray.
  • to cause to oxidize.
  • The wind-driven spray had thoroughly rusted the patio furniture.
  • To be affected with the parasitic fungus called rust.
  • (figuratively) To degenerate in idleness; to become dull or impaired by inaction.
  • * Dryden
  • Must I rust in Egypt? never more / Appear in arms, and be the chief of Greece?


    * oxidise / oxidize * corrode

    See also

    * aeciospore * ferric oxide * ferruginous * rouille * rubiginous *


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