American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The process of wearing down or rubbing away by means of friction.
- n. A scraped or worn area.
- n. A scraped area on the skin or on a mucous membrane, resulting from injury or irritation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of abrading; the act of wearing or rubbing off or away by friction or attrition. Common examples of abrasion are: The wearing or rubbing away of rocks by icebergs or glaciers, by currents of water laden with sand, shingle, etc., by blown sand, or by other means. The natural wasting, or wear and tear, to which coins are subjected in course of circulation, as opposed to intentional or accidental defacement.
- n. The result of rubbing or abrading; an abraded spot or place: applied chiefly to a fretting or excoriation of the skin by which the underlying tissues are exposed. In pathology, a superficial excoriation of the mucous membrane of the intestines, accompanied by loss of substance in the form of small shreds. The substance worn away by abrading or attrition.
- n. dentistry The wearing away of the surface of the tooth by chewing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of abrading, wearing, or rubbing off; the wearing away by friction.
- n. The substance rubbed off.
- n. (Med.) A superficial excoriation, with loss of substance under the form of small shreds.
- n. an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
- n. erosion by friction
- n. the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
- Medieval Latin abrāsiō, abrāsiōn-, from Latin abrāsus, past participle of abrādere, to scrape off; see abrade. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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