Definition of friction
- the friction of sandpaper on wood
- oil in a car engine reduces friction
- friction between neighbors
- friction between state and federal authorities
the friction of sandpaper on wood
Oil in a car engine reduces friction.
It was difficult to reach an agreement because of the friction between the two sides.
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First Known Use: 1704See Words from the same year
conflict, disaccord, discord, discordance, discordancy, disharmony, dissension (also dissention), dissent, dissidence, dissonance, disunion, disunity, division, infighting, inharmony, schism, strife, variance, war, warfare;
: the act of rubbing one thing against another
: the force that causes a moving object to slow down when it is touching another object
: disagreement or tension between people or groups of people
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