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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Chafe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chafed p pr. & vb. n. Chafing.]
 1. To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.
    To rub her temples, and to chafe her skin.   --Spenser.
 2. To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
    Her intercession chafed him.   --Shak.
 3. To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.
    Two slips of parchment which she sewed round it to prevent its being chafed.   --Sir W. Scott.
 Syn: -- To rub; fret; gall; vex; excite; inflame.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Chaf·ing n.  The act of rubbing, or wearing by friction; making by rubbing.
 Chafing dish, a dish or vessel for cooking on the table, or for keeping food warm, either by coals, by a lamp, or by hot water; a portable grate for coals.
 Chafing gear Naut., any material used to protect sails, rigging, or the like, at points where they are exposed to friction.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : soreness or irritation of the skin caused by friction