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Definitions for abrasive
əˈbreɪ sɪv, -zɪvabra·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abrasive, abradant, abrasive materialadjective

    a substance that abrades or wears down

  2. abrasive, scratchyadjective

    causing abrasion

  3. harsh, abrasiveadjective

    sharply disagreeable; rigorous

    "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"


  1. abrasivenoun

    A substance or material such as sandpaper, pumice, or emery, used for cleaning, smoothing, or polishing.

    Etymology: First attested in 1805. Sense 2 first attested in 1925.

  2. abrasivenoun

    Rock fragments, sand grains, mineral particles, used by water, wind, and ice to abrade a land surface.

    Etymology: First attested in 1805. Sense 2 first attested in 1925.

  3. abrasiveadjective

    Producing abrasion; rough enough to wear away the outer surface.

    Etymology: First attested in 1805. Sense 2 first attested in 1925.

  4. abrasiveadjective

    Being rough and coarse in manner or disposition; causing iiritation.

    Etymology: First attested in 1805. Sense 2 first attested in 1925.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abrasiveadjective

    producing abrasion


  1. Abrasive

    An abrasive is a material, often a mineral, that is used to shape or finish a workpiece through rubbing which leads to part of the workpiece being worn away. While finishing a material often means polishing it to gain a smooth, reflective surface it can also involve roughening as in satin, matte or beaded finishes. Abrasives are extremely commonplace and are used very extensively in a wide variety of industrial, domestic, and technological applications. This gives rise to a large variation in the physical and chemical composition of abrasives as well as the shape of the abrasive. Common uses for abrasives include grinding, polishing, buffing, honing, cutting, drilling, sharpening, lapping, and sanding. Files act by abrasion but are not classed as abrasives as they are a shaped bar of metal. However, diamond files are a form of coated abrasive.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abrasive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abrasive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of abrasive in a Sentence

  1. Kelly Johnson-Arbor:

    Any of the currently available products can be hazardous to children, disinfectants generally have similar compositions. They're generally made up of bleaches, ammonium compounds, alcohols, abrasive agents — all of those things are potentially toxic.

  2. Nicki Minaj:

    Maybe some people would describe me as abrasive or bitchy or whatever because I vowed from that age no man would ever abuse me, call me out my name or treat me like that, then all of a sudden that was my life.

  3. Akilah Ensley:

    Some of them were nice, and some were rather abrasive.

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