[ a-bleyt ]
/ æˈbleɪt /
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verb (used with object), ab·lat·ed, ab·lat·ing.
to remove or dissipate by melting, vaporization, erosion, etc.: to ablate a metal surface with intense heat.
verb (used without object), ab·lat·ed, ab·lat·ing.
to become ablated; undergo ablation.
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Example sentences from the Web for ablate
So it is very plausible that low-density stuff from Bennu … would ablate higher in the atmosphere and not have a chance to create meteorites at all.The asteroid Bennu’s brittle boulders may make grabbing a sample easier|Lisa Grossman|October 8, 2020|Science News
British Dictionary definitions for ablate
/ (æbˈleɪt) /
(tr) to remove by ablation
Word Origin for ablate
C20: back formation from ablation
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Medical definitions for ablate
[ ă-blāt′ ]
To remove or destroy the function of.
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