a mystical word or expression used in incantations, on amulets, etc., as a magical means of warding off misfortune, harm, or illness. any charm or incantation using nonsensical or supposedly magical words. meaningless talk; gibberish; nonsense. Contemporary Examples Wei somehow slips in unnoticed, has a private tête-à-tête with the powers that be, and abracadabra, deal […]
abrachia abrachia a·bra·chi·a (ə-brā’kē-ə, ā-brā’-) n. Congenital absence of the arms.
abrachiocephalia abrachiocephalia a·bra·chi·o·ce·pha·li·a (ə-brā’kē-ō-sə-fā’lē-ə, -ā-brā’-) or a·bra·chi·o·ceph·a·ly (ə-brā’kē-ō-sěf’ə-lē) n. Congenital absence of the arms and head. Also called acephalobrachia.
to wear off or down by scraping or rubbing. to scrape off. verb (transitive) to scrape away or wear down by friction; erode v. 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 […]
having an property, effect, or quality; . an . Historical Examples Carborundum, or silicide of carbon, is largely superseding emery and diamond dust as an abradant. The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century. Edward W. Byrn