- any material or substance used for grinding, polishing, etc., as emery, pumice, or sandpaper.
Origin of abrasive
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2. harsh, rough, rasping.
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Feldspar as an abrasive is used mainly in scouring soaps and window-wash.The Economic Aspect of Geology
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It had every appearance of having been tampered with; sand or some other abrasive put into it.Pirates' Hope
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No doubt its only use was as an abrasive, after being pounded fine.Archeological Investigations
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- a substance or material such as sandpaper, pumice, or emery, used for cleaning, grinding, smoothing, or polishing
- causing abrasion; grating; rough
- irritating in manner or personality; causing tension or annoyance
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Word Origin and History for abrasive
"an abrasive substance," 1853, from abrasive (adj.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Causing abrasion.
- A material used to produce abrasion.
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