verb (used with or without object), a·brad·ed, a·brad·ing.
to wear off or down by scraping or rubbing.
to scrape off.
Origin of abrade
1670–80;Related formsa·brad·a·ble, adjectivea·brad·er, nounun·a·brad·ed, adjective
< Latin abrādere,
equivalent to ab- ab-
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Examples from the Web for abrade
Historical Examples of abrade
In all cases, however, a hard file will abrade the surface of the false stone.
This is specially the case with Chaffinches and Bramblings: Greenfinches abrade later.
Genuine amber, when rubbed together, emits a very fragrant odour similar to a fresh lemon, and does not abrade the surface.
Wherever they find calcareous strata to abrade, the water is almost milklike in hue for miles around.
British Dictionary definitions for abrade
Derived Formsabradant, nounabrader, noun
(tr) to scrape away or wear down by friction; erode
Word Origin for abrade
C17: from Latin abrādere to scrape away, from ab- 1 + rādere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for abrade
1670s, from Latin abradere "to scrape off" (see abrasion). Related: Abraded; abrading.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
To wear away by mechanical action.
To scrape away the surface layer from a part.
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