Origin of abrasion
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1. sore, scrape, lesion. 2. rubbing, erosion.
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Examples from the Web for abrasion
His remaining works are much injured by scaling or the abrasion of the colors.Introduction to Robert Browning
The discipline of the force in this respect is nothing; it is worn away by abrasion.Chicago, Satan's Sanctum
L. O. Curon
There appears to be no evidence whatever of abrasion by use.Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans
William H. Holmes
Is the ground moraine of Figure 87 due chiefly to abrasion or to plucking?The Elements of Geology
William Harmon Norton
Often, indeed, one side may show no trace whatsoever of abrasion.Fragments of Earth Lore
C17: from Medieval Latin abrāsiōn-, from the past participle of Latin abrādere to abrade
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Word Origin and History for abrasion
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A scraping away of a portion of a surface.
- The wearing down or rubbing away or removal of the superficial layers of skin or mucous membrane in a limited area.
- The pathological wearing away of tooth substance by mechanical means; grinding.
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- The process of wearing away a surface by friction. A rock undergoes abrasion when particles of sand or small pieces of rock are carried across its surface by a glacier, stream, or the wind.
- A scraped area on the skin or mucous membranes.
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