To Wear Away
is an acrostic for twa.
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Definition of the verb to wear away
What does to wear away mean as a doing phrase?
- cut away in small pieces
- diminish, as by friction
- lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
- synonym of wear away: wear off
- more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
- more specific terms: rub down / corrade / rub off / abrade / abrase = wear away
- become ground down or deteriorate
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Source] Brian wiped at the counter [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source] Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] Barry Cryer erased the writing [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- synonyms of wear away: eat at / erode / gnaw / gnaw at
- more generic words: crumble / decay / dilapidate = fall into decay or ruin
Alternative definition of the verb to wear away
- to erode gradually and progressively
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for To Wear Away
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A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...
To weAR Away, to consume; to impair or diminish by gradual decay. To weAR ouT, to use till decayed or done; to exhaust; to come or bring to an end; to harass. To weAR of F, to rub off by use; to pass away by degrees; to go off gradually.
Dictionary Of Chemistry (1998)
by N. Pradeep Sharma
abrasive A hard material used to wear away or break up softer materials.
Mosby's Dental Dictionary (2013)
by Elsevier, Mosby
v to wear away by friction. abrasion (əbrā′zhən), n 1. the abnormal wearing away of a substance ...
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Usage statistics about to wear away
The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.
Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb to wear away:
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