to wear off or down by scraping or rubbing.
to scrape off.
Historical Examples

Genuine amber, when rubbed together, emits a very fragrant odour similar to a fresh lemon, and does not abrade the surface.
Notes and Queries, Number 188, June 4, 1853 Various

This is specially the case with Chaffinches and Bramblings: Greenfinches abrade later.
Among the Birds in Northern Shires Charles Dixon

In all cases, however, a hard file will abrade the surface of the false stone.
The Chemistry, Properties and Tests of Precious Stones John Mastin

Wherever they find calcareous strata to abrade, the water is almost milklike in hue for miles around.
Wonderland; or Alaska and the Inside Passage Lieut. Frederick Schwatka

(transitive) to scrape away or wear down by friction; erode

1670s, from Latin abradere “to scrape off” (see abrasion). Related: Abraded; abrading.

abrade a·brade (ə-brād’)
v. a·brad·ed, a·brad·ing, a·brades

To wear away by mechanical action.

To scrape away the surface layer from a part.


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