Meaning of “abrade” in the English Dictionary


"abrade" in English

See all translations

abradeverb [ T ]

uk /əˈbreɪd/ us /əˈbreɪd/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • Here and there, where the bark had cracked or been abraded, hard-skinned blisters had exuded. 
  • The vegetation on the banks is so thickly planted that the surface of the earth is not abraded by the torrents. 
  • Then she freed herself with an abstracted air, a half smile, and an unchanged color except where her soft cheek had been abraded by his coat collar. 
  • Thus they flow away over the rim rock in a perfectly pure state—a state in which, as we have noted before, water has no capacity for abrading firm rock. 
  • When a shaft and the bearing in which it rotates are made of the same metal, the two surfaces are in certain cases apt to "seize" and abrade each other. 

(Definition of “abrade” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Need a translator?

Translator tool

Get a quick, free translation!