friction

noun
fric·​tion | \ ˈfrik-shən How to pronounce friction (audio) \

Definition of friction

1a : the rubbing of one body against another the friction of sandpaper on wood
b : the force that resists relative motion between two bodies in contact oil in a car engine reduces friction
2 : the clashing between two persons or parties of opposed views : disagreement friction between neighbors friction between state and federal authorities
3 : sound produced by the movement of air through a narrow constriction in the mouth or glottis

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Other Words from friction

frictionless \ ˈfrik-​shən-​ləs How to pronounce frictionless (audio) \ adjective
frictionlessly adverb

Examples of friction in a Sentence

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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Recent Examples on the Web But their differences could create friction as soon as the new administration begins making real choices — for example, deciding how hard to press Beijing for concessions on trade while also asking for its help on climate change. Doyle Mcmanus Los Angeles Times (tns), Star Tribune, "Biden's foreign policy won't be Obama 2.0," 17 Nov. 2020 The technology makes for a fast, easy transaction, with less friction for both shoppers and sellers. Allison Hatfield, Dallas News, "5 ways small businesses can prepare for a jolly holiday season," 17 Nov. 2020 With nearly all friction removed from professional communication, anyone could bother anyone else at any time. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "The Rise and Fall of Getting Things Done," 17 Nov. 2020 But their differences could create friction as soon as the new administration begins making real choices — for example, deciding how hard to press Beijing for concessions on trade while also asking for its help on climate change. Doyle Mcmanus Washington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Biden’s foreign policy won’t be Obama 2.0, and that might be a good thing," 15 Nov. 2020 None of those steps is uncomplicated, however, and any of them could create friction with Mr. Netanyahu’s right-wing government and its allies in Congress. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Biden’s Win Means a Demotion for Netanyahu and Less Focus on Israel," 9 Nov. 2020 This phenomenon is called acne mechanica, which is acne that is triggered by excess heat, pressure, friction, or rubbing of the skin. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Can Crying All the Time Make Your Skin Break Out?," 6 Nov. 2020 In short, a protective style is a styling option that keeps your ends protected and the hair from environmental factors, heat styling, friction against clothing and any other factors that may be causing damage or breakage. Andrea Jordan, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know Before Getting Box Braids," 29 Oct. 2020 Lower-quality blade materials become dull more quickly, which can lead to friction on the ice, a bumpier ride, and falls. Noelle Ihli, chicagotribune.com, "The best children’s ice skate," 10 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of friction

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for friction

earlier, therapeutic rubbing of the limbs, from Middle French, from Latin friction-, frictio, from fricare to rub; akin to Latin friare to crumble, and perhaps to Sanskrit bhrīṇanti they injure

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The first known use of friction was in 1704

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Friction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/friction. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for friction

friction

noun
How to pronounce friction (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of friction

: 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

friction

noun
fric·​tion | \ ˈfrik-shən How to pronounce friction (audio) \

Kids Definition of friction

1 : the rubbing of one thing against another
2 : resistance to motion between bodies in contact Oiling the parts of the machine reduces friction.
3 : disagreement among persons or groups

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