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A gradual loss of surface material due to rubbing, scraping, or wear. An abrasion may look like a roughened surface, a matte area, or a group of scratches. It may be done intentionally to smooth or clean a surface or it may be unintentional, resulting in damage.

Abrasion on wood furniture

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Synonyms in English[edit | edit source]

wear; scuff mark; rub; scrape

Translation[edit | edit source]

English abrasion
French abrasion
Spanish abrasión
Portuguese abrasão
Italian abrasione
German Abreibung
Chinese (Traditional) 磨損

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References[edit | edit source]

Anon. 2000. “Abrasion.” Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online. Los Angeles, CA: J. Paul Getty Trust. http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/aat/.

Anon. 2012. “Abrasion.” CAMEO:Conservation and Art Material Encyclopedia Online. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. http://cameo.mfa.org/.

Cato, Paisley S., Julia Golden, and Suzanne B. McLaren. 2003. Museumwise: Workplace Words Defined. Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. ISBN 9780963547637

Krueger, Holly, Kitty Nicholson, and Sarah Melching. 1994. “Written Documentation.” In Paper Conservation Catalog. 9th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=BP_Chapter_5_-_Written_Documentation.

Shashoua, Yvonne. 2008. Conservation of plastics : materials science, degradation and preservation. Amsterdam; Boston; London: Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 9780750664950

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