Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

abrasive

play
adjective abra·sive \ə-ˈbrā-siv, -ziv\

Simple Definition of abrasive

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of abrasive

  1. 1 :  tending to abrade

  2. 2 :  causing irritation <abrasive manners>

abrasively

adverb

abrasiveness

noun

Examples of abrasive in a sentence

  1. The waves had an abrasive action on the rocks.

  2. <an abrasive display of rude behavior>



1849

First Known Use of abrasive

1849


2

abrasive

noun abra·sive

Simple Definition of abrasive

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of abrasive

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

1853

First Known Use of abrasive

1853

Other Hardware Terms


ABRASIVE Defined for Kids

1

abrasive

play
noun abra·sive \ə-ˈbrā-siv\

Definition of abrasive for Students

  1. :  a substance for grinding, smoothing, or polishing




2

abrasive

play
adjective abra·sive

Definition of abrasive for Students

  1. 1 :  causing damage or wear by rubbing

  2. 2 :  very unpleasant or irritating <an abrasive voice>




Medical Dictionary

1

abrasive

play play
adjective abra·sive \ə-ˈbrā-siv, -ziv\

Medical Definition of abrasive

  1. :  tending to abrade <an abrasive substance>

abrasiveness

noun



2

abrasive

noun abra·sive

Medical Definition of abrasive

  1. :  a substance (as emery or pumice) used for abrading, smoothing, or polishing—called also abradant





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up abrasive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to destroy or remove completely

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

vernal hiemal brumal estival
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ