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 Dictionary entry overview: What does abrasive mean? 

  The noun ABRASIVE has 1 sense:

1. a substance that abrades or wears down

  Familiarity information: ABRASIVE used as a noun is very rare.

ABRASIVE (adjective)
  The adjective ABRASIVE has 2 senses:

1. causing abrasion
2. sharply disagreeable; rigorous

  Familiarity information: ABRASIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1abrasive [BACK TO TOP]


A substance that abrades or wears down

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances


abradant; abrasive; abrasive material

Hypernyms ("abrasive" is a kind of...):

material; stuff (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "abrasive"):

carborundum (an abrasive composed of silicon carbide crystals)

steel wool; wire wool (a mass of woven steel fibers used as an abrasive)

emery cloth (cloth covered with powdered emery)

emery paper; sandpaper (stiff paper coated with powdered emery or sand)

ABRASIVE (adjective)

Sense 1abrasive [BACK TO TOP]


Causing abrasion


abrasive; scratchy


rough; unsmooth (having or caused by an irregular surface)

Sense 2abrasive [BACK TO TOP]


Sharply disagreeable; rigorous


abrasive; harsh

Context examples:

the harsh facts of court delays / an abrasive character


disagreeable (not to your liking)

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