AskDefine | Define abrade

Dictionary Definition

abrade

Verb

1 wear away [syn: corrade, abrase, rub down, rub off]
2 rub hard or scrub; "scour the counter tops" [syn: scour]
3 strike against an object; "She stubbed her one's toe in the dark and now it's broken" [syn: stub, scrape, skin]

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English

Pronunciation

  • a RP /əˈbreɪd/
  • a US /əˈbrejd/
  • Rhymes: -eɪd

Etymology 1

17th Century, from Latin abrādere "to scrape off", which comes from ab- + rādere "to scrape".

Verb

  1. To rub or wear off; to waste or wear away by friction; to damage or make rough; as, to abrade rocks.
Translations
(transitive) to rub or wear off; to waste or wear away by friction

Etymology 2

From Old English abraiden

Verb

  1. obsolete spelling of abraid

Italian

Verb

abrade

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