Abrade Definition

abraded, abrades, abrading
abraded, abrades, abrading
To wear down, rub away, or scrape by friction.
Water that abraded the canyon walls.
American Heritage
To scrape or rub off; wear away by scraping or rubbing.
Webster's New World
To become worn or scraped by abrasion.
Some leather abrades easily.
American Heritage
The definition of abrade means to wear away the surface of something or make something rougher, often by using friction.
An example of abrade is the erosion of rocks on a coast line from water continually beating on them.

To rub or wear off; erode. [First attested in the late 17th century.]


Origin of Abrade

  • Latin abrādere to scrape off ab- away ab–1 rādere to scrape rēd- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin abrādō, from ab (“from, away from”) + rādō (“scrape”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English abraiden.

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in 1677.

    From Wiktionary

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