Abrasion meaning

ə-brā'zhən
The process of wearing down or rubbing away by means of friction.
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The process of wearing away a surface by friction. A rock undergoes abrasion when particles of sand or small pieces of rock are carried across its surface by a glacier, stream, or the wind.
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The definition of an abrasion is an area that is sore, scraped or rubbed away.

1. A spot on one's arm that is scraped from falling off a bike is an example of an abrasion.

2. An area of rocks on a shoreline that has been worn away from the waves is an example of an abrasion.

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An abraded spot or area.
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The act of abrading, wearing, or rubbing off; the wearing away by friction. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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A scraping or rubbing off, as of skin.
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A wearing away by rubbing or scraping, as of rock by wind, water, etc.
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The process of wearing down or rubbing away by means of friction.
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A scraped area on the skin or mucous membranes.
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(geology) The effect of mechanical erosion of rock, especially a river bed, by rock fragments scratching and scraping it. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
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(medicine) A superficial wound caused by scraping; an area of skin where the cells on the surface have been scraped or worn away. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
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(dentistry) The wearing away of the surface of the tooth by chewing.
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An abraded, scraped, or worn area. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
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Origin of abrasion

  • Medieval Latin abrāsiō abrāsiōn- from Latin abrāsus past participle of abrādere to scrape off abrade
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • First attested in 1656. From French abrasion (attested since 1611), from Medieval Latin abrasio (“a scraping”), from abrādō (“scrape off”). See also abrade.
    From Wiktionary