• WordNet 3.6
    • adj abrasive sharply disagreeable; rigorous "the harsh facts of court delays","an abrasive character"
    • adj abrasive causing abrasion
    • n abrasive a substance that abrades or wears down
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Abrasive Producing abrasion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abrasive Tending to produce abrasion; having the property of abrading; abradant.
    • n abrasive Any material having abrading qualities; an abradant.
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In literature:

A finely triturated powder having slight abrasive properties, but free from dangerous grit, should be used as the complement of a liquid.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
SYMPTOMS: It is introduced through any wound or abrasion, whether due to injury, disease or by an operation.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
An austenitic case is not necessarily file hard, but has a very great resistance to abrasive wear.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
Nor do these remarkable instances of abrasive action constitute the entire washing from the banks.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864" by Various
Carborundum is used as an abrasive, that is, as a material for grinding and polishing very hard substances.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
No amount of the hardest known abrasive will even roughen its surface.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
The other and more common complaint rose from abrasions and cuts.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
This treatment may be applied to any simple abrasions of the skin.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
To become infected it is not necessary that there be an abrasion of the mucous membrane.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
Depression of the vital forces and local abrasions are predisposing factors.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Providentially, beyond a few bruises and abrasions, no one was injured.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 2, February 1886" by Various
No one would think of attempting to arrest and prevent disintegration in any other vital organ by abrasion.
"Tin Foil and Its Combinations for Filling Teeth" by Henry L. Ambler
When the fineness ascends or descends from that point, the consumption by abrasion is increased.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The above minerals are all harder than quartz, and hence not subject to abrasion by the quartz dust which is everywhere present.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
Thus the germs that cause plague and lockjaw find their way into the system principally through abrasions of the skin.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
The most efficient scourer is that which frees the wheat from the greatest amount of impurity with a minimum of abrasion.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
Moreover, the loss by abrasion is very great.
"The Comstock Club" by Charles Carroll Goodwin
Slight abrasions on the tongue will be noted and the sputum will become a little bloody.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
But the slightest sore or abrasion is an open door to let in death.
"On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle. Its history, origin, description, and treatment" by Honoré Bourguignon
Carefully I examined it, but there seemed no abrasion of the skin.
"The Lost Million" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

Did I summons the driver? I had no occasion -
The coroner came with his jury instead,
Who found that he died from a serious abrasion -
Both wheels of the coach had gone over his head.
"How Polly Paid For Her Keep" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Kasich hostile, abrasive, devastating .
The 27-year-old man sustained shoulder abrasions from being wedged in the drain for more than four hours.
Used for fluid-handling applications in the food processing industry, Mouvex SLC-Series eccentric disc pumps handle thin, abrasive, aggressive and higher-viscosity fluids.
Jude Medical Says Single Durata Lead Failure Caused by External Abrasion.
Analysis of lead from Florida hospital shows no inside-out abrasion in Durata product.
In all, Schoonmaker says he counted some 320 bruises, lacerations and abrasions on Felicia 's body.
New for 2013, the GEL -Solution Slam features the high-abrasion rubber outsole installed in Asics' flagship tennis shoe, the GEL -Resolution 5, along with its popular GEL -Solution Speed shoe.
Every couple of uses, go over the grill with a grill brick, an abrasive block that will give it a more thorough cleaning.
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has recently introduced a Norton Abrasives Grinding App.
This application includes three calculators including a wheel speed conversion calculator, as well as a coolant and dressing parameter calculator for abrasives applications.
This year, it's brought new releases from bands that have advanced the status of heavy, abrasive music both locally and nationally.
High-pressure , abrasive, and/or corrosive media require thick wall tubing.
Kasich hostile , abrasive, devastating.
Designed of an abrasion resistant, high-wear material that prevents buildup on the roll and has three-times the wear life of traditional rubber disc returns.
Weiler Corp.'s line of Vortec Pro® bonded abrasive products are designed for general-purpose grinding and cutting applications on steel, iron, and other ferrous metals.

In science:

This problem appears to be connected to the quality of crystal surface or to the presence on the surfaces of residuals of the abrasive, non-scintillating, powder used for polishing.
Review of double beta experiments
The HDPM model obtained an improved p⊥ generator taking into account the correlations of hp⊥ i and the central rapidity density and a better treatment of nuclear fragmentation by means of an abrasion/evaporation algorithm [19, 20].
High-Energy Interactions and Extensive Air Showers