Definition of abrade in English:

abrade

Syllabification: a·brade
Pronunciation: /əˈbrād
 
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verb

[with object]
Scrape or wear away by friction or erosion: 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, wear down, erode, scrape away, corrode, eat away at, gnaw away at

Origin

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

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.

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