Noun Abrasive Definition and Examples







(of a substance or material) capable of polishing or cleaning a hard surface by rubbing or grinding.
  1. 'don't use abrasive kitchen cleaners'
  2. 'Additionally, chomping on naturally abrasive foods massages gums and cleans between teeth.'
  3. 'A ring of abrasive material such as eggshells, sand, wood shavings, diatomaceous earth, hair or ash can be placed around susceptible plants.'
  4. 'On the other hand, an amateur can accomplish the same end with only his hands, using nothing more than files, stones, abrasive papers, possibly a Dremel tool, and time.'
  5. 'Remove shelves and sand them with medium and then fine abrasive paper to smooth surfaces roughened by water.'
  6. 'In the new method, the brand-name abrasive substance - Carborundum - is used to roughen the surface of the plate from which a mezzotint print is made.'
  7. 'Nonetheless, it is prudent to make sure your boot pivot sockets are clean of grit, since heavy use combined with abrasive material could accelerate wear.'
  8. 'With this procedure, the water creates an abrasive spray as effective, but not as damaging, as sandblasting.'
  9. 'The high vanadium steel is somewhat brittle, but is excellent for cutting very abrasive materials.'
  10. 'Polishing, using a rotating brush and abrasive paste, removes stains from teeth.'
  11. 'Therefore, two flute end mills are superior in softer more flexible materials and four or more flute cutters are generally preferred in very hard or abrasive materials.'
  12. 'It was white, and pearly looking, but abrasive, as she found when she touched it.'
  13. 'The label is always of an artificial fabric - harsh, almost abrasive, to the touch.'
  14. 'The young man's head was bandaged, disabling all of the most primal senses, save touch which now burned beneath the abrasive tethers on his wrists.'
  15. 'The sand had subtle rosy hues and was very abrasive, sharp enough to cut if you kneeled on it.'
  16. 'Oilier complexions have larger sebaceous glands, making the skin thicker and better able to tolerate a more abrasive scrub.'
Showing little concern for the feelings of others; harsh.
  1. 'The younger woman is constantly worn down by the older woman's negativity, Mag's abrasive personality pushing her to increasingly desperate little acts of rebellion.'
  2. 'I am too subversive and eccentric for most of the people I work with to really like, and I am too sensitive to to take their abrasive personalities with gentle good humour.'
  3. 'He denies nothing of his abrasive personality.'
  4. 'He was a dispirited man, on the brink of destruction by the abrasive world of society and business.'
  5. 'Especially in the 1840s, the Piedmontese left, for its part, distrusted and despised Cavour whom they viewed as an arrogant and abrasive aristocratic conservative.'
  6. 'You may have been dealing with illness in the family, but something tells me you would have been this abrasive, arrogant and lacking in self-awareness anyway.'
  7. 'These intimate letters introduce us to a man who's not only inordinately interesting, but also vain, funny, abrasive, sarcastic and courageous.'
  8. 'As I said before, I have a fairly abrasive personality which didn't exactly make me the most popular person.'
  9. 'His personal style was often abrasive, and he came close to being sacked by Eisenhower.'
  10. 'I not proud of it but I can be as abusive, as abrasive and as hurtful as the next imperfect being on life's assembly line.'


A substance used for grinding, polishing, or cleaning a hard surface.
  1. 'Never use abrasives on either anodized or painted surfaces as they will scratch it.'
  2. 'They are normally used as industrial abrasives, in diamond drilling equipment, or in glass cutting knives.'
  3. 'Additionally, most metal polishes contain solvents and detergents to remove the tarnish, mild abrasives to polish the metal, and oils to act as a barrier between the raw metal and air.'
  4. 'For example, abrasives can damage the protective surfaces of instruments, contribute to corrosion, and impede sterilization.'
  5. 'The more brittle a finish after it cures, no matter how hard, the easier it will scratch and therefore the easier it will be able to rub using fine abrasives.'
  6. 'Man-made diamond abrasives have revolutionized the process of maintaining a ‘hair-popping’ sharp edge.'
  7. 'Jantz offers a full range of pre-shaped blades, knifemaking kits, rivets, guards, tools, abrasives, sheath-making materials and finishing products.'
  8. 'The main uses of garnets are for abrasives and grinding materials; they also provide semi-precious gemstones such as rhodolite, demantoid, and grossular.'
  9. 'The abrasive particles may be incorporated into a variety of abrasive articles, including bonded abrasives, coated abrasives, nonwoven abrasives, and abrasive brushes.'
  10. 'In the past, tooth-whitening products consisted of mild abrasives and detergents that were designed to scour the teeth and remove stains from the surface.'


1. any material or substance used for grinding, polishing, etc., as emery, pumice, or sandpaper. adjective

2. tending to abrade; causing abrasion; abrading.

3. tending to annoy or cause ill will; overly aggressive: an abrasive personality.


"There can be abrasive makers."
"There can be abrasive materials."
"There can be abrasive manufacturers."
"There can be abrasive groups."
"There can be abrasive businesses."
"dramatists can have abrasives."
"derbies can have abrasives."
"abrasives can be from things."
"abrasives can be from specimens."
"abrasives can be from laps."
"abrasives can be for cleanings."
"abrasives can explode for tackles."

Mid 19th century (as a noun): from Latin abras- ‘abraded’, from the verb abradere (see abrade), + -ive.

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