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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

Etymologies

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)

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