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A gradual loss of material on the surface due to rubbing, wearing, or scraping against itself or another, probably harder, material. Abrasion may be a deliberate attempt to smooth, clean, or polish a surface. It may also be a deteriorative process that occurs over time as a result of weathering or handling.

See also Abrasive.

Synonyms and Related Terms

wear; scrape; afgeschaafde plek (Ned.); abgeriebener Feck (Deut.); Abrieb (Deut.); abrasion (Fr.); abrasione (It.); rozadura (Esp.); avskavning (Sven.); abrasão (Port.);

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • A Glossary of Paper Conservation Terms, Margaret Ellis (ed.), Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York City, 1998
  • Matte Paint: Its history and technology, analysis, properties and conservation treatment, Eric Hansen, Sue Walston, Mitchell Bishop (ed.), J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, Vol. 30 of AATA, 1993
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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