Definition of abrasion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈbreɪʒn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbreɪʒn//
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  1. 1[countable] a damaged area of the skin where it has been rubbed against something hard and rough He suffered cuts and abrasions to the face.
  2. 2[uncountable] damage to a surface caused by rubbing something very hard against it Diamonds have extreme resistance to abrasion.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin abrasio(n-), from the verb abradere ‘to scrape’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abrasion