- causing scratching
- sharply disagreeable; rigorous
- a substance that abrades or wears down
- creating abrasion.
"an abrasive substance," 1853, from abrasive (adj.).
- 1805, from Latin abras-, past participle stem of abradere "to clean away, shave down" (see abrasion) + -ive. Figurative sense of "tending to trigger anger" is initially taped 1925. Associated: Abrasively; abrasiveness.
(a.) manufacturing scratching.
By means of a rotating table either two surfaces of glass, or one surface of glass and one of cast iron, are rubbed together with the interposition of a powerful abrasive such as sand, emery or carborundum.