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  • lapping

1. The process of wearing down the surface of a softer material by rubbing it under pressure against the surface of a harder material that has been formed in the shape opposite to that desired on the softer material. Loose, wet abrasive generally is used between the two parts, but sometimes the abrasive is embedded in the lap in a rigid form (see diamond cutting tool). 2. See fiber lapping.
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