from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To wear down or rub away by friction; erode. See Synonyms at chafe.
- transitive v. To make weary through constant irritation; wear down spiritually.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause the surface to become more rough.
- v. To undergo abrasion.
- v. Obsolete spelling of abraid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To rub or wear off; to waste or wear away by friction.
- transitive v. Same as abraid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To rub or wear away; rub or scrape off; detach particles from the surface of by friction: as, glaciers abrade the rocks over which they pass; to abrade the prominences of a surface.
- Synonyms Scratch, Chafe, etc. See scrape, transitive verb
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. rub hard or scrub
- v. wear away
Latin abrādere, to scrape off : ab-, away; see ab-1 + rādere, to scrape; see rēd- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English abraiden. (Wiktionary)