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abrasive

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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

Full Definition of abrasive

  1. 1 :  tending to abrade

  2. 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>



1849

First Known Use of abrasive

1849


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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

Full Definition of abrasive

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

1853

First Known Use of abrasive

1853

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