• (America) IPA: /əˈbɹeɪ.sɪv/, /əˈbɹeɪ.zɪv/


  1. Producing abrasion; rough enough to wear away the outer surface. [First attested in 1805.]
  2. Being rough and coarse in manner or disposition; causing irritation. [First attested in 1925.]
    An abrasive person can grate on one's sensibilities.
    Despite her proper upbringing, we found her manners to be terribly abrasive.
Translations Translations Noun

abrasive (plural abrasives)

  1. A substance or material such as sandpaper, pumice, or emery, used for cleaning, smoothing, or polishing. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
  2. (geology) Rock fragments, sand grains, mineral particles, used by water, wind, and ice to abrade a land surface.
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: абрази́в

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