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



BrE BrE//əˈbreɪsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbreɪsɪv//
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a substance used for cleaning surfaces or for making them smooth Word Origin mid 19th cent. (as a noun): from Latin abras- ‘abraded’, from the verb abradere, ‘to scrape’, + -ive.
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