• WordNet 3.6
    • v abrade rub hard or scrub "scour the counter tops"
    • v abrade wear away
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Abrade Same as Abraid.
    • v. t Abrade To rub or wear off; to waste or wear away by friction; as, to abrade rocks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abrade To rub or wear away; rub or scrape off; detach particles from the surface of by friction: as, glaciers abrade the rocks over which they pass; to abrade the prominences of a surface.
    • abrade Synonyms Scratch, Chafe, etc. See scrape, transitive verb
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abrade ab-rād′ to scrape or rub off: to wear down by friction.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abradere, abrasum, to scrape off; ab, + radere, to scrape. See Rase Raze
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ab, off, radĕre, rasum, to scrape.


In literature:

In a moment Billy was pinioned to the floor, and Black Hank was rubbing his abraded fore-arm.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
Any mechanism which abrades or wears down a substance.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Aircraft were abraded as they flew.
"Sand Doom" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Oddly shaped rocks, dimly seen, strengthened the impression of wind-abraded topography.
"Question of Comfort" by Les Collins
In all cases, however, a hard file will abrade the surface of the false stone.
"The Chemistry, Properties and Tests of Precious Stones" by John Mastin
For they were come to see a Miracle: cramped limbs and abraded flesh seemed slight inconveniences with that prospect close at hand.
"Romola" by George Eliot
But the glacier does more than abrade.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Even my less critical father's shout of laughter at any unusual freak or experiment abraded my moral cuticle sometimes.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
It is particularly useful for deep burns where the surface is abraded.
"An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art" by B. L. Hill
His pride was abraded.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

Sand abraded the milkless lip.
Cried then for the father's blood
Who set wasp, wolf and shark to work,
Engineered the gannet's beak.
"I Want, I Want" by Sylvia Plath
Outlandish as double-humped camels or unicorns,
Grazing at the margins of a bad monochrome,
Beasts of oasis, a better time.
Abrading my lid, the small grain burns:
Red cinder around which I myself,
Horses, planets and spires revolve.
"The Eye-Mote" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

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