abrade

verb \ ə-ˈbrād \

Definition of abrade

abraded; abrading
transitive verb
1 a : to rub or wear away especially by friction : erode
b : to irritate or roughen by rubbing
2 : to wear down in spirit : irritate, weary
intransitive verb
: to undergo abrasion

abradable

play \-ˈbrā-də-bəl\ adjective

abrader

noun

Examples of abrade in a Sentence

  1. ropes abraded by the rocks were a huge danger to the climbers

  2. the prisoner's manacles abraded his wrists and ankles until they bled

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Origin and Etymology of abrade

borrowed from Latin abrādere "to remove by rubbing, scrape off," from ab- ab- + rādere "to scrape" — more at rase


ABRADE Defined for English Language Learners

abrade

verb

Definition of abrade for English Language Learners

  • : to damage (something) by rubbing, grinding, or scraping


ABRADE Defined for Kids

abrade

verb \ ə-ˈbrād \

Definition of abrade for Students

abraded; abrading
: to wear away or irritate by rubbing
  • The rough fabric abraded his skin.

Medical Dictionary

abrade

transitive verb \ ə-ˈbrād \

medical Definition of abrade

abraded; abrading
: to irritate or roughen by rubbing : chafe


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