Definition of abrade in English:

abrade

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Pronunciation: /əˈbreɪd
 
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verb

[with object]
Scrape or wear away by friction or erosion: it was a landscape slowly abraded by a fine, stinging dust
More example sentences
  • She stayed longer than usual in the shower, wishing for the rushing hot needles of water to abrade her skin and erode the still-vivid impressions of his touch.
  • Split skin grafting is another technique in which the white patch is covered by skin after it is abraded.
  • Communal life can abrade some of the rough edges of a person, the monks agreed, but in communal living you also learn surprising things about yourself.
Synonyms
wear away/down, wear, erode, scrape away, corrode, eat away at, gnaw away at, bite into, scour, rasp, strip, flay

Derivatives

abrader

noun
More example sentences
  • Henning notes the use of clinker abraders at the Blood Run site.
  • The sandstone abraders were small, the largest being 8.23 cm in length and the smaller 3.94 cm.
  • They are composed of either particles or physical abraders such as sandpaper, steel wool, scrubbing pads, etc.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin abradere, from ab- 'away, from' + radere 'to scrape'.

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