Adjective "Abrading" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Scrape or wear away by friction or erosion.
  1. 'Workers in this area, without explicitly acknowledging this problem, generally assume that the dropstones are created by sea ice abrading the continental shelf at depth.'
  2. 'Communal life can abrade some of the rough edges of a person, the monks agreed, but in communal living you also learn surprising things about yourself.'
  3. 'The most common cause of posterior heel bursitis is ill-fitting footwear with a stiff posterior edge that abrades the area of the Achilles tendon insertion.'
  4. 'Microfracture exposes the subchondral bone, gently abrades it, yet leaves it intact during an arthroscopic procedure.'
  5. 'In general, however, cuticular development is not usually impaired, although the leaf surface may become abraded by the action of wind and wind-borne particles.'
  6. 'She stayed longer than usual in the shower, wishing for the rushing hot needles of water to abrade her skin and erode the still-vivid impressions of his touch.'
  7. 'Approximately 5 to 10 mg of powder was drilled from each tooth after the surface had been abraded to remove possible contamination.'
  8. 'An important area of future investigation would be microwear studies to gain insights into the nature of the food that abraded animals teeth in the few days before they died.'
  9. 'Thousands of walkers were not only eroding and abrading the fragile soils at a record rate but also were rapidly creating tracks and pads in previously untracked areas.'
  10. 'Split skin grafting is another technique in which the white patch is covered by skin after it is abraded.'

More definitions

verb (used with or without object), abraded, abrading.

1. to wear off or down by scraping or rubbing.

2. to scrape off.


(abrade)Late 17th century: from Latin abradere, from ab- ‘away, from’ + radere ‘to scrape’.