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The cooling of a surface exposed to very high external gas temperature which causes the surface material to sublime, melt .
The differently-sized grits of hard materials such as emery employed for grinding, polishing, etc. ..
The removal of surface material by the scratching action of hard particles, either deliberately (abrasive papers, abrasive cleaning, abrasive machining) ...
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An explosion of fuel in a piston engine prior to closure of the inlet valve or of unburned fuel or ...
The unwanted electrical noise on the output of a sensor or instrument. Usually measured in terms of the signal-to-noise ratio ...