verb (abraded; abrading) Etymology: Latin abradere to scrape off, from ab- + radere to scrape — more at rodent Date: 1677 transitive verb 1. a. to rub or wear away especially by friction ; erode b. to irritate or roughen by rubbing 2. to wear down in spirit ; irritate, weary intransitive verb to undergo abrasionabradable adjectiveabrader noun

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  • Abrade — A*brade , v. t. Same as {Abraid}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abrade — index diminish, erode, expunge Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • abrade — [ə brād′] vt., vi. abraded, abrading [L abradere < ab , away + radere, to scrape: see RAT] to scrape or rub off; wear away by scraping or rubbing abrader n …   English World dictionary

  • abrade — UK [əˈbreɪd] / US verb [transitive] Word forms abrade : present tense I/you/we/they abrade he/she/it abrades present participle abrading past tense abraded past participle abraded formal to damage something by rubbing its surface too hard …   English dictionary

  • abrade — verb /əˈbreɪd,əˈbreɪd/ To rub or wear off; to waste or wear away by friction; to damage or make rough; as, to abrade rocks …   Wiktionary

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