[ uh-breyd ]
/ əˈbreɪd /
verb (used with or without object), a·brad·ed, a·brad·ing.
to wear off or down by scraping or rubbing.
to scrape off.
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Origin of abrade
1670–80; <Latin abrādere,
equivalent to ab-ab-
OTHER WORDS FROM abradea·brad·a·ble, adjectivea·brad·er, nounun·a·brad·ed, adjective
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How to use abrade in a sentence
In these channels the waters have chafed, ground, abraded, eroded for centuries which man cannot number.
In a moment Billy was pinioned to the floor, and Black Hank was rubbing his abraded fore-arm.
At some point near the base, when the flinty stone was speeding forward like a meteor, it abraded a harder portion than before.
It is particularly useful for deep burns where the surface is abraded.
British Dictionary definitions for abrade
(tr) to scrape away or wear down by friction; erode
Derived forms of abradeabradant, nounabrader, noun
Word Origin for abrade
C17: from Latin abrādere to scrape away, from ab- 1 + rādere to scrape
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Medical definitions for abrade
To wear away by mechanical action.
To scrape away the surface layer from a part.
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