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Word: abrasive

Definition: rubbing away; tending to grind down

Sentences Containing 'abrasive'

'I Love Her All The Time' feels like a Moore vehicle, much like on record, but has great gobs of anti-rock no wave atmos; 'Ghost Bitch' is considerably more abrasive here, Gordon sounding less like a coffee house poet than an untamed punk vocalist—Penelope Houston, say."
A diamond blade is a saw blade which has diamonds fixed on its edge for cutting hard or abrasive materials.
A knife edge is a delicate structure and can easily be blunted by too abrasive a surface.
After then-Reconstruction Minister Ryu Matsumoto's abrasive comments towards the governors of Iwate and Miyagi forced him to step down from his post, he partially blamed his behavior on his blood type, saying "My blood is type B, which means I can be irritable and impetuous, and my intentions don't always come across."
Alternatively, it can be chipped if used on a surface that is too hard. A good cutting board material must be soft, easy to clean, and non-abrasive, but not fragile to the point of being destroyed.
Before repainting, surfaces are usually cleaned with sugar soap (in Commonwealth countries) which usually contains sodium carbonate, sodium phosphate, and sometimes sodium silicate as an abrasive, though formulations vary.
Friction tape is a type of adhesive tape made from cloth impregnated with a rubber-based adhesive, and sometimes an abrasive substance, mainly used to increase grip or friction.
However, when cutting very hard or abrasive materials, e.g., concrete containing reinforcing rebar, laser welded diamond blades should also be used with adequate water.
Pig Iron's personality, unlike Peter's, tended to be much more aggressive and abrasive, similar to that of the Fantastic Four's Thing, although unlike the Thing, Peter finds his metal form more to his liking.
Richard J. Gray was treasurer of the union in the early 1930s, and his staunch advocacy of craft unionism and his abrasive personality contributed significantly to the break between the AFL and the CIO.
Softer materials like asphalt or freshly poured concrete can use a harder segment to resist the increased wear that softer, abrasive materials create.
Some albums have compartments which the photos may be slipped into; other albums have heavy paper with an abrasive surface covered with clear plastic sheets, in which photos can be put.
Some of the songs recorded barely resemble their earlier demo versions including "Baby Ate My Eightball", which originally "had this sort of Miami based rhythm with babies crying and glasses smashing" and was "very abrasive".
Syria's political leaders, particularly the communists, the Ba'athists and the conservatives, were abrasive to Nasser's terms, but nonetheless accepted them in response to mounting popular pressure.
The 15-track disk is more of a return to the band's stylistic roots, pairing up raw, swampy blues with abrasive no-wave elements.
The feldspar was discarded until Robertson discovered that this soft mineral could be combined with soap to create a less-abrasive product that would clean without scratching, resulting in the Bon Ami product. By 1896, Bon Ami was a common product in northeastern United States households.
The groups abrasive marriage of ambient, dub, free jazz and noise rock music garnered respect from their peers such as Bill Laswell, Ministry, My Bloody Valentine, J. G. Thirlwell and John Zorn.
This composition is the last one on which Bartók put an Opus number, because henceforth he would treat his folk music and his more artistic side as equal. However, interestingly, this work is far from his folk pieces, with its abrasive harmonies and rhythms.
This often causes the welding arc to become unstable, requiring that electrode be ground with a diamond abrasive to remove the impurity.
Vito's godson Johnny Fontane, a popular singer, pleads for help in securing a coveted movie role, so Vito dispatches his consigliere, Tom Hagen, to the abrasive studio head, Jack Woltz, to secure the casting.
Water will prevent the blade from overheating, greatly reduce the amount of harmful dust created by cutting, remove the slurry from the cut, and extend the life of the blade, since diamond is unable to withstand the forces involved at the elevated temperatures involved in dry cutting ceramic and abrasive materials, and will be subject to rapid tool wear and possible failure.
While living in New York in the early '90s she studied with Spaulding Gray and wrote performed four one-woman shows: "The Shaz Show," "Abrasive Fairy Tales," "Eyes, Lips, Legs," and "Hungover Angel."

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