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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-brey-zhuh n]
    • /əˈbreɪ ʒən/
    • /əˈbreɪ.ʒən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-brey-zhuh n]
    • /əˈbreɪ ʒən/

Definitions of abrasion word

  • countable noun abrasion An abrasion is an area on a person's body where the skin has been scraped. 3
  • noun abrasion the process of scraping or wearing down by friction 3
  • noun abrasion a scraped area or spot; graze 3
  • noun abrasion the effect of mechanical erosion of rock, esp a river bed, by rock fragments scratching and scraping it; wearing down 3
  • noun abrasion a scraping or rubbing off, as of skin 3
  • noun abrasion a wearing away by rubbing or scraping, as of rock by wind, water, etc. 3

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Origin of abrasion

First appearance:

before 1650
One of the 45% oldest English words
1650-60; < Medieval Latin abrāsiōn- (stem of abrāsiō), equivalent to abrās(us) scraped off (past participle of abrādere; see abrade) + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Abrasion


abrasion popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abrasion usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abrasion

noun abrasion

  • scrape — to deprive of or free from an outer layer, adhering matter, etc., or to smooth by drawing or rubbing something, especially a sharp or rough instrument, over the surface: to scrape a table to remove paint and varnish.
  • chafe — If your skin chafes or is chafed by something, it becomes sore as a result of something rubbing against it.
  • scratch — to break, mar, or mark the surface of by rubbing, scraping, or tearing with something sharp or rough: to scratch one's hand on a nail.
  • injury — harm or damage that is done or sustained: to escape without injury.
  • scuff — to scrape (something) with one's foot or feet.

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