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Friday, December 16, 2011

Definitions for abrade

  1. To scrape off.
  2. To wear off or down by scraping or rubbing.

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Citations for abrade
The cuff digs into Landsman's wrist, sharp enough to abrade the flesh. Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen's Union
He was shorter than Lloyd but heavier in the chest, a wiry-limbed man with bristling dark hair and a quick harsh laugh and a way of crinkling his face so you knew he would say something to abrade your skin like sandpaper. Joyce Carol Oates, High Lonesome
Origin of abrade
1670-1680
Related to abrasion, abrade is from the Latin roots ab meaning “away from” and rādere meaning “to scrape.”