Meaning of ABRASIVE in English


/ əˈbreɪsɪv; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective


an abrasive substance is rough and can be used to clean a surface or to make it smooth :

abrasive kitchen cleaners


( of a person or their manner ) rude and unkind; acting in a way that may hurt other people's feelings

►  abra·sive·ly adverb

►  abra·sive·ness noun [ U ]

■ noun

a substance used for cleaning surfaces or for making them smooth



mid 19th cent. (as a noun): from Latin abras- abraded, from the verb abradere , to scrape, + -ive .

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