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abrade

[uh-breyd]
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verb (used with or without object), a·brad·ed, a·brad·ing.
  1. to wear off or down by scraping or rubbing.
  2. to scrape off.
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Origin of abrade

1670–80; < Latin abrādere, equivalent to ab- ab- + rādere to scrape
Related formsa·brad·a·ble, adjectivea·brad·er, nounun·a·brad·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for abraded

Historical Examples

  • The lower eye would, also, have been liable to be abraded by the sandy bottom.

    On the Origin of Species

    Charles Darwin

  • Does the enamel grow again when it has been perforated or abraded?

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • The skin was abraded; the ankle evidently had been wrenched.

    The Young Ranchers

    Edward S. Ellis

  • It is particularly useful for deep burns where the surface is abraded.

  • It is as well, however, not to apply it to any abraded surfaces.


British Dictionary definitions for abraded

abrade

verb
  1. (tr) to scrape away or wear down by friction; erode
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Derived Formsabradant, nounabrader, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin abrādere to scrape away, from ab- 1 + rādere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for abraded

abrade

v.

1670s, from Latin abradere "to scrape off" (see abrasion). Related: Abraded; abrading.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

abraded in Medicine

abrade

(ə-brād)
v.
  1. To wear away by mechanical action.
  2. To scrape away the surface layer from a part.
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