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

Definition of abrasive

  1. 1 :  causing damage, wear, or removal of surface material by grinding or rubbing :  tending to abrade <abrasive compounds for whitening teeth> <an abrasive surface>

  2. 2 :  causing irritation <abrasive manners> <an abrasive personality>

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>

Did You Know?

Once upon a time, English had two different but similarly derived words meaning "to wear down": abrade and abrase. However, in this fairy tale, only one of the two had a happy ending; while abrade remains a familiar word to modern English speakers, abrase has become quite rare. And yet, abrase lives on in its descendant abrasive, which was formed by combining the verb with the -ive suffix. Both of the verbs, and by extension abrasive, can be traced back to the Latin verb abradere, meaning "to scrape off." Abradere in turn is a combination of ab- and radere, meaning "to scrape."

Origin and Etymology of abrasive

see abrade


First Known Use: 1601


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abrasive

noun abra·sive

Definition of abrasive

  1. :  a substance (such as emery or pumice) used for abrading, smoothing, or polishing <used an abrasive for polishing the rough stones>

Origin and Etymology of abrasive

see abrade


First Known Use: 1850

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ABRASIVE Defined for Kids

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noun abra·sive \ə-ˈbrā-siv\

Definition of abrasive for Students

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


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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

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

Medical Definition of abrasive

  1. :  tending to abrade <an abrasive substance>

abrasiveness

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abrasive

noun abra·sive

Medical Definition of abrasive

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



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