Meaning of ABRASIVE in English

ABRASIVE

[ ə'breɪsɪv ]

■ adjective

1》 (of a substance) capable of polishing or cleaning a hard surface by rubbing or grinding.

↘tending to rub or graze the skin.

2》 harsh or insensitive in manner.

■ noun an ~ substance.

Derivatives

~ly adverb

~ness noun

Origin

C19: from L. abras- , abradere (see abrade ) + -ive .

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