verb \ə-ˈbrād\

: to damage (something) by rubbing, grinding, or scraping


Full Definition of ABRADE

transitive verb
a :  to rub or wear away especially by friction :  erode
b :  to irritate or roughen by rubbing
:  to wear down in spirit :  irritate, weary
intransitive verb
:  to undergo abrasion
abrad·able \-ˈbrā-də-bəl\ adjective
abrad·er noun

Examples of ABRADE

  1. <ropes abraded by the rocks were a huge danger to the climbers>
  2. <the prisoner's manacles abraded his wrists and ankles until they bled>

Origin of ABRADE

Latin abradere to scrape off, from ab- + radere to scrape — more at rodent
First Known Use: 1677


transitive verb \ə-ˈbrād\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ABRADE

: to irritate or roughen by rubbing : chafe


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