Meaning of ABRASIVE in English

I. -āsiv, -ziv, -ēv adjective

Etymology: abrase + -ive

1. : tending to abrade : producing abrasion

2. : causing irritation

abrasive relationships between member nations

II. noun

( -s )


a. : any of a wide variety of natural or manufactured substances used to grind, wear down, rub away, smooth, scour, clean, or polish often combined with a binder to make grinding wheels or affixed with glue to the surface of paper or cloth

b. : something made of an abrasive (as sandpaper)

2. : rock fragments, mineral particles, or sand grains used by running water, wind, waves and currents, and glaciers in abrading a land surface

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