from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rubbed smooth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as abrade.
  • Made clean or clear of marks by rubbing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. wear away


From Latin abrāsus, perfect passive participle of abrādō ("abrade"), from ab ("from, away from") + rādō ("scrape"). (Wiktionary)


  • Mark Sarvas does a public service by offering us a reading list compiled by James Wood in 1994 for The Guardian, in which Wood sought to "avoid the ‘representative’, ‘important’ or ‘influential’ and chosen, instead, books which I like, which seemed to me deep and beautiful, which aerate the soul and abrase the conscience …"

    Sarvas gives us James Wood’s favourite Books List

  • Delete or abrase the scribed mortise lines for the stiffening transoms on the side opposite the corner tenon.

    Chapter 7

  • - Delete with wavy line or abrase by means of abrasive paper.

    Chapter 4

  • A violent blow with a rock behind the ear stuns him and at the same time serves to abrase the skin.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

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