Use vs. Wear

By Jaxson

  • Wear

    Wear is related to interactions between surfaces and specifically the removal and deformation of material on a surface as a result of mechanical action of the opposite surface.mechanical wear is caused by most use of metal by sliding, impact, cutting etc..

    In materials science, wear is erosion or sideways displacement of material from its “derivative” and original position on a solid surface performed by the action of another surface.

    Wear of metals occurs by the plastic displacement of surface and near-surface material and by the detachment of particles that form wear debris. The size of the generated particles may vary from millimeter range down to an ion range. This process may occur by contact with other metals, nonmetallic solids, flowing liquids, or solid particles or liquid droplets entrained in flowing gasses.

    Wear can also be defined as a process where interaction between two surfaces or bounding faces of solids within the working environment results in dimensional loss of one solid, with or without any actual decoupling and loss of material. Aspects of the working environment which affect wear include loads and features such as unidirectional sliding, reciprocating, rolling, and impact loads, speed, temperature, but also different types of counter-bodies such as solid, liquid or gas and type of contact ranging between single phase or multiphase, in which the last multiphase may combine liquid with solid particles and gas bubbles.

  • Use (noun)

    The act of using.

    “the use of torture has been condemned by the United Nations;”

    “there is no use for your invention”

  • Use (noun)

    Usefulness, benefit.

    “What’s the use of a law that nobody follows?”

  • Use (noun)

    A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.

    “This tool has many uses.”

  • Use (noun)

    Occasion or need to employ; necessity.

    “I have no further use for these textbooks.”

  • Use (noun)

    Interest for lent money; premium paid for the use of something; usury.

  • Use (noun)

    Continued or repeated practice; usage; habit.

  • Use (noun)

    Common occurrence; ordinary experience.

  • Use (noun)

    The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese.

    “the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford use; the York use; the Roman use; etc.”

  • Use (noun)

    A slab of iron welded to the side of a forging, such as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.

  • Use (verb)

    To utilize or employ.

  • Use (verb)

    To employ; to apply; to utilize.

    “Use this knife to slice the bread.”

    “We can use this mathematical formula to solve the problem.”

  • Use (verb)

    To expend; to consume by employing.

    “I used the money they allotted me.”

    “We should use up most of the fuel.”

    “She used all the time allotted to complete the test.”

  • Use (verb)

    To exploit.

    “You never cared about me; you just used me!”

  • Use (verb)

    To consume (alcohol, drugs, etc), especially regularly.

    “He uses cocaine. I have never used drugs.”

  • Use (verb)

    To consume a previously specified substance, especially a drug to which one is addicted.

    “Richard began experimenting with cocaine last year; now he uses almost every day.”

  • Use (verb)

    To accustom; to habituate. Now common only in participial form. Note: This usage uses the nounal pronunciation of the word rather than the typically verbal one.

    “soldiers who are used to hardships and danger}} {{q|still common”

    “to use the soldiers to hardships and danger}} {{q|now rare”

  • Use (verb)

    To benefit from; to be able to employ or stand.

    “I could use a drink. My car could use a new coat of paint.”

  • Use (verb)

    To habitually do; to be wont to do.

  • Use (verb)

    To habitually employ; to be wont to employ.

  • Use (verb)

    To habitually do. See used to.

    “I used to get things done.”

  • Use (verb)

    To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat.

    “to use an animal cruelly”

  • Use (verb)

    To behave, act, comport oneself.

  • Wear (verb)

    To carry or have equipped on or about one’s body, as an item of clothing, equipment, decoration, etc.

    “He’s wearing some nice pants today.”

    “She wore her medals with pride.”

    “Please wear your seatbelt.”

    “Can you wear makeup and sunscreen at {{the same time?”

    “}} He was wearing his lunch after tripping and falling into the buffet.”

  • Wear (verb)

    To have or carry on one’s person habitually, consistently; or, to maintain in a particular fashion or manner.

    “He wears eyeglasses.”

    “She wears her hair in braids.”

  • Wear (verb)

    To bear or display in one’s aspect or appearance.

    “She wore a smile all day.”

    “He walked out of the courtroom wearing an air of satisfaction.”

  • Wear (verb)

    To overcome one’s reluctance and endure a (previously specified) situation.

    “I know you don’t like working with him, but you’ll just have to wear it.”

  • Wear (verb)

    To eat away at, erode, diminish, or consume gradually; to cause a gradual deterioration in; to produce (some change) through attrition, exposure, or constant use.

    “You’re going to wear a hole in the bottom of those shoes.”

    “The water has slowly worn a channel into these rocks.”

    “Long illness had worn the bloom from her cheeks.”

    “Exile had worn the man to a shadow.”

  • Wear (verb)

    To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use.

    “The tiles were wearing thin due to years of children’s feet.”

  • Wear (verb)

    To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary.

    “His neverending criticism has finally worn my patience.”

    “Toil and care soon wear the spirit.”

    “Our physical advantage allowed us to wear the other team out and win.”

  • Wear (verb)

    To last or remain durable under hard use or over time; to retain usefulness, value, or desirable qualities under any continued strain or long period of time; sometimes said of a person, regarding the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate.

    “Don’t worry, this fabric will wear. These pants will last you for years.”

    “This color wears so well. I must have washed this sweater a thousand times.”

    “I have to say, our friendship has worn pretty well.”

    “It’s hard to get to know him, but he wears well.”

  • Wear (verb)

    (in the phrase “wearing on (someone)”) To cause annoyance, irritation, fatigue, or weariness near the point of an exhaustion of patience.

    “Her high pitched voice is really wearing on me lately.”

  • Wear (verb)

    To pass slowly, gradually or tediously.

    “wear on, wear away.”

    “As the years wore on, we seemed to have less and less in common.”

  • Wear (verb)

    To bring (a sailing vessel) onto the other tack by bringing the wind around the stern (as opposed to tacking when the wind is brought around the bow); to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind. Also written “ware”. Past: weared, or wore/worn.

  • Wear (verb)

    To guard; watch; keep watch, especially from entry or invasion.

  • Wear (verb)

    To defend; protect.

  • Wear (verb)

    To ward off; prevent from approaching or entering; drive off; repel.

    “to wear the wolf from the sheep”

  • Wear (verb)

    To conduct or guide with care or caution, as into a fold or place of safety.

  • Wear (noun)

    (in combination) clothing

    “footwear; outdoor wear; maternity wear”

  • Wear (noun)

    damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time

  • Wear (noun)


  • Use (verb)

    take, hold, or deploy (something) as a means of accomplishing or achieving something; employ

    “she used her key to open the front door”

    “the poem uses simple language”

  • Use (verb)

    treat (someone) in a particular way

    “use your troops well and they will not let you down”

  • Use (verb)

    exploit (a person or situation) for one’s own advantage

    “I couldn’t help feeling that she was using me”

  • Use (verb)

    apply (a name or title) to oneself

    “she still used her maiden name professionally”

  • Use (verb)

    take (an illegal drug)

    “they were using heroin daily”

    “had she been using again?”

  • Use (verb)

    take or consume (an amount) from a limited supply

    “we have used all the available funds”

  • Use (verb)

    describing an action or situation that was done repeatedly or existed for a period in the past

    “this road used to be a dirt track”

    “I used to give him lifts home”

  • Use (verb)

    be or become familiar with (someone or something) through experience

    “she was used to getting what she wanted”

    “he’s weird, but you just have to get used to him”

  • Use (verb)

    one would like or benefit from

    “I could use another cup of coffee”

  • Use (noun)

    the action of using something or the state of being used for a purpose

    “hyper-modern trains are now in use”

    “the software is ideal for use in schools”

    “theatre owners were charging too much for the use of their venues”

  • Use (noun)

    the ability or power to exercise or manipulate one’s mind or body

    “the horse lost the use of his hind legs”

  • Use (noun)

    a purpose for or way in which something can be used

    “the herb has various culinary uses”

  • Use (noun)

    the value or advantage of something

    “it was no use trying to persuade her”

    “what’s the use of crying?”

  • Use (noun)

    the benefit or profit of lands, especially lands that are in the possession of another who holds them solely for the beneficiary.

  • Use (noun)

    the habitual consumption of a drug

    “burgling and dealing financed their heroin use”

  • Use (noun)

    the characteristic ritual and liturgy of a Christian Church or diocese.

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