1650s, from Medieval Latin abrasionem (nominative abrasio) "a scraping," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin abradere "to scrape away, shave off," from ab- "off" (see ab-) + radere "to scrape" (see raze).
1. Diamonds have extreme resistance to abrasion.
2. Abrasion tests are universally carried out under atmospheric conditions.
3. Erosion of pipes and vessels from abrasion by particles can be serious.
4. Abrasion also abets wind erosion.
5. Tumble abrasion of a fabric is highly dependent on the inherent fiber toughness.