- to wear off or down by scraping or rubbing.
- to scrape off.
Origin of abrade
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.Among the Birds in Northern Shires
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.Wonderland; or Alaska and the Inside Passage
Lieut. Frederick Schwatka
- (tr) to scrape away or wear down by friction; erode
Word Origin for abrade
1670s, from Latin abradere "to scrape off" (see abrasion). Related: Abraded; abrading.
- To wear away by mechanical action.
- To scrape away the surface layer from a part.