wear away


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

wear away

1. To become eroded, dissolved, or stripped away from exposure to some destructive element or force. The enamel on your teeth has worn almost completely away, which is why you've been experiencing so much pain when you eat and drink. Over the course of several centuries, the coastline wore away until the small village was completely consumed by the sea.
2. To erode, dissolve, or strip away something as a result of exposure to some destructive element or force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wear" and "away." The extreme weather in this area will wear that cheap paint away in a matter of weeks. Rust caused by the sea air as worn away the entire underside of the car.
See also: away, wear

wear something away

to erode something. The constant rains wore the side of the cathedral away. The flooding wore away the topsail.
See also: away, wear

wear away

v.
1. To erode or consume something by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: The sea is wearing away the rocks. Repeated washings have worn the fabric away. The tough climate wears away at the roof.
2. To be gradually eroded or consumed by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: The paint on the house is wearing away.
See also: away, wear
References in periodicals archive ?
While on first consideration, it may sound like multi-support grates would be better on wear, they are generally thinner than bridge grates and actually tend to wear away more quickly, Schwartz says.
Among the cited benefits of these materials are that because they are moldable, there can be light-weight part designs created; conventional thermoplastic molding and forming equipment can be used; the conductive materials are present throughout the part and therefore won't wear away as can happen if, say, antistatic coatings are used.
As these structures wear away, fresh new cutting edges are continuously exposed, providing uniform cuts and consistent, predictable finishes throughout the belt's extended life.
To true up a grindstone, hold a round, soft iron rod across it, while the stone is turned, just close enough to wear away the bumps.
Soto notes that dental resins also wear away in time and are ingested.
We use different types of materials to protect and not to wear away the sidewalks.
The inexpensive and easy-to-apply polymer/ceramic-based coating contains no TBT (tributyl tin) or VOCs (volatile organic chemicals), and does not ablate or wear away.
Caroline Douglas by email ZENA SAYS: The colour runs right through the blade, so it won't chip or wear away and they can be sharpened, too.
1,1,1) 17 Juliet Cadzow role, - - - McCredie (4) 18 First class at uni (6) 19 Significant (5) 20 Stone used for hopscotch (6) 22 Scottish inventor (4) 24 Downcast (3) 25 Car's motors (7) 26 Work of fiction (5) 27 Muslim name for God (5) 28 Poetry (5) 29 Fred - - -, former bank boss (7) 30 Normal (5) 31 Muttered remark (5) 2 Brought up (6) 3 Shrewd, wily (6) 4 The light hours (3) 5 Sufficient (5) 6 Salt-water fish (7) 7 Outer rim (4) 8 Sewing device (6) 12 Uncluttered, plain (5) 13 Trickles through slowly (5) 14 Intended (5) 15 Actor, - - - Pettifer (5) 16 Campers' homes (5) 18 Soft and fluffy (5) 19 Peppermint oil ingredient (7) 21 Birds of prey (6) 22 Broadens (6) 23 Annoyed for fun (6) 25 Wear away by natural forces (5) 26 Lengthy epic (4) 28 By way of (3)
1 : to dig out or wear away the supporting earth beneath <Erosion undermined the wall.
Conversation and practice will wear away feelings of embarrassment, awkwardness and guilt.
The overflow will not only splash up against the siding but also wear away the granule layer on the shingles below and cause them to fail prematurely.