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- The act of abrading, wearing, or rubbing off; the wearing away by friction. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- (obsolete) The substance thus rubbed off; debris. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- (geology) The effect of mechanical erosion of rock, especially a river bed, by rock fragments scratching and scraping it. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- An abraded, scraped, or worn area. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- (medicine) A superficial wound caused by scraping; an area of skin where the cells on the surface have been scraped or worn away. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- (dentistry) The wearing away of the surface of the tooth by chewing.
- See also Thesaurus:injury
act of abrading
geology: effect of mechanical erosion of rock
medicine: superficial wound
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Translations to be checked
- Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002) , “abrasion”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 7
abrasion f (plural abrasions)
- “abrasion” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).