tribology


tri·bol·o·gy

noun \trī-ˈbä-lə-jē, tri-\

Definition of TRIBOLOGY

:  a study that deals with the design, friction, wear, and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion (as in bearings or gears)
tri·bo·log·i·cal \ˌtrī-bə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌtri-\ adjective
tri·bol·o·gist \trī-ˈbä-lə-jist, tri-\ noun

First Known Use of TRIBOLOGY

1966

tri·bol·o·gy

noun \trī-ˈbäl-ə-jē, trib-ˈäl-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural tri·bol·o·gies

Medical Definition of TRIBOLOGY

: a branch of mechanical engineering that deals with the design, friction, wear, and lubrication of interacting surfaces (as bodily joints) in relative motion
tri·bo·log·i·cal \ˌtrī-bə-ˈläj-i-kəl, ˌtrib-ə-\ adjective

tribology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Study of the interactions of sliding surfaces. It includes three subjects: friction, wear, and lubrication. Many manifestations of tribology are beneficial and make modern life possible. Many others are serious nuisances, and careful design is necessary to overcome problems caused by excessive friction or wear. Friction uses up, or wastes, a substantial amount of the energy generated by humans; in addition, a great deal of productive capacity is devoted to replacing objects that have worn out.

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