adjective \ə-ˈbrā-siv, -ziv\

: causing damage or wear by rubbing, grinding, or scraping : of or relating to abrasion

: having a rough quality : used for rubbing something to make it smooth or shiny

: very unpleasant or irritating

Full Definition of ABRASIVE

:  tending to abrade
:  causing irritation <abrasive manners>
abra·sive·ly adverb
abra·sive·ness noun

Examples of ABRASIVE

  1. The waves had an abrasive action on the rocks.
  2. <an abrasive display of rude behavior>

First Known Use of ABRASIVE




: a substance that is used for rubbing something to make it smooth, shiny, or clean : an abrasive substance

Full Definition of ABRASIVE

:  a substance (as emery or pumice) used for abrading, smoothing, or polishing

First Known Use of ABRASIVE


Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang


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