• WordNet 3.6
    • n abrasion the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
    • n abrasion erosion by friction
    • n abrasion an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abrasion (Med) A superficial excoriation, with loss of substance under the form of small shreds.
    • Abrasion The act of abrading, wearing, or rubbing off; the wearing away by friction; as, the abrasion of coins.
    • Abrasion The substance rubbed off.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abrasion The act of abrading; the act of wearing or rubbing off or away by friction or attrition. Common examples of abrasion are: The wearing or rubbing away of rocks by icebergs or glaciers, by currents of water laden with sand, shingle, etc., by blown sand, or by other means. The natural wasting, or wear and tear, to which coins are subjected in course of circulation, as opposed to intentional or accidental defacement.
    • n abrasion The result of rubbing or abrading; an abraded spot or place: applied chiefly to a fretting or excoriation of the skin by which the underlying tissues are exposed. In pathology, a superficial excoriation of the mucous membrane of the intestines, accompanied by loss of substance in the form of small shreds. The substance worn away by abrading or attrition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abrasion ab-rā′zhun the act of rubbing off
    • adj Abrasion and n. Abrā′sive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abrasio, fr. abradere,. See Abrade


In literature:

When dry, the parchment becomes as hard almost as iron and resists falls or abrasion.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
The squares are most thickly distributed where the abrasion is most required, i.e.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Is thy boot-toe abrased, or hast had five hairs o' thine head carried away?
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
The abrasion of his hoofs was visible upon the rocks.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Wounds or abrasions of the skin are frequently caused by ill-fitting harness or saddles.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
In the girl, the frequent repetition of this act had given rise to abrasions and local inflammations.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
It begins as a small abrasion which refuses to heal, and is attended with a constant foetid discharge and intense pain.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
But this crack was much narrower than the diameter of the grass, yet the latter showed no signs of abrasion or change of shape.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
I drew the attention of my guide to the abrasion.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848" by Various
He examined more closely the abrasion on Kedsty's forehead.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood

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:

Crystal Castles' (III): Abrasive and Irresistible .
Tributaries of blood trickled down from abrasions grown into full-blown cuts.
Coach Andy Reid dismissed the abrasive Washburn just hours after the team's eighth straight loss, 38-33 at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
Airbus invested in abrasive waterjet for machining CFRP components.
Farrah Abraham bizarre, abrasive My Teenage Dream Ended, has been called one of the worst works of pop music ever.
Mono 's latest opus, Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined, was produced by abrasion expert Steve Albini, but has a lot more lush orchestral passages than you might expect.
Inc, Melville, New York, a leading distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) supplies, has released its annual Norton/Merit Abrasive Products Catalog.
Daily application of Nuvail also protects the nail from harm caused by work activity such as direct abrasion and friction, according to the company.
Abrasive Nylon Disc Brushes--A Single Tool Removes Burrs, Improves Surface Finish.
A simple system to keep abrasive discs flat and at the ready for quick mounting.
Although the system comes standard with one abrasive jet cutting head, a second cutting head can be added to increase productivity.
Coveme's Kemafoil® KCP is a range of engineered polyester films resistant to solvents, water, mechanical abrasion, and high temperature.
The unique CILS heat-resistant computer printable coating ensures printed data remains clear and legible during long-term high-temperature exposure (+388°C), chemicals/solvents (IPA, alkalines,acetone etc), cleaning agents, abrasion etc.
Saint-Gobain Abrasives Inc has launched a new Norton product expansion program for the metal fabricating industry.
Flexeel braid- reinforced polyurethane hose serves as an alternative to rubber or vinyl air hoses by offering kink and abrasion-resistance.

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