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1abrasive

adjective abra·sive \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

1
:  tending to abrade
2
:  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

1849

2abrasive

noun

: 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

1853

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang
ABRASIVENESS Defined for Kids

1abrasive

noun abra·sive \ə-ˈbrā-siv\

Definition of ABRASIVE for Kids

:  a substance for grinding, smoothing, or polishing

2abrasive

adjective

Definition of ABRASIVE for Kids

1
:  causing damage or wear by rubbing
2
:  very unpleasant or irritating <an abrasive voice>

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