abrade


abrade

verb

Definition of ABRADE

1
to damage or diminish by continued friction <ropes abraded by the rocks were a huge danger to the climbers>
2
to make sore by continued rubbing <the prisoner's manacles abraded his wrists and ankles until they bled>
Related Words graze, scrape, scratch; burn, inflame (also enflame); flay, peel, skin
3
to damage by rubbing against a sharp or rough surface <the yacht's once-flawless wooden hull had been badly abraded by years of rough dockings>
Near Antonyms polish, smooth, soften, wax

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