Definition of abrasion in English:


Syllabification: a·bra·sion
Pronunciation: /əˈbrāZHən


  • 1The process of scraping or wearing away: the metal is resistant to abrasion
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    • The ability to coat surfaces - making them stronger, lighter and more resistant to corrosion or abrasion - has many applications.
    • Roundness is increased by abrasion and chemical weathering processes, which blunt particle edges, and decreased by fracturing, which creates new, unworn edges.
    • Seliger's labor-intensive techniques of accretion and abrasion often mimic geologic processes.
    erosion, wearing away/down, corrosion, scraping, scouring
  • 1.1An area damaged by scraping or wearing away: there were cuts and abrasions to the lips and jaw
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    • Or you can mix 25 drops into 100 ml of hot water and gently apply to cuts, abrasions, sores and ulcers.
    • Brady also suffered numerous cuts, abrasions and contusions.
    • Superficial cuts, scratches, abrasions, minor burns, stings and bites will heal with the same treatment.


mid 17th century: from Latin abrasio(n-), from the verb abradere (see abrade).

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