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abrasive

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

Definition of abrasive

  1. 1 :  tending to abrade

  2. 2 :  causing irritation <abrasive manners>

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."

1849

First Known Use of abrasive

1849


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abrasive

noun abra·sive

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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ABRASIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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

Definition of abrasive for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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abrasive

noun abra·sive

Definition of abrasive for English Language Learners

  • : a substance that is used for rubbing something to make it smooth, shiny, or clean : an abrasive substance


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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abrasive

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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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