A very hard, brittle, heat-resistant substance that is used to grind the edges or rough surfaces of an object. Boron carbide, diamond, and corundum are abrasives.

Natural Abrasives

Artificial Abrasives

Used in different grades (particle size) to achieve different levels of surface finish.

See also: Abrasion, Abrasive Cleaner, Abrasive Machining, Abrasive Wheel, Emery Cloth, Grit Size, Lapping Compound, Sandpaper.

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Subjects: Mechanical Engineering

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