Definition of friction
1a : the rubbing of one body against another the friction of sandpaper on woodb : 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
frictionlessplay \ˈfrik-shən-ləs\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of friction from the Web
The site has been a flashpoint for violence in the past, with friction there sparking major rounds of Israeli-Palestinian violence, including a Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation that lasted several years.
Several summer interns from that campaign recalled friction over the brothers’ legalistic approach to Christianity.
This follows rumors of friction between Jarrar and CEO Michèle Huiban.
Certainly, although that era is remembered as a time of relative bipartisan cordiality, there were also major moments of social friction, even during periods when Washington was considered more genteel.
Lube is your best friend The friction of your hand directly on your penis for a prolonged period of time is not particularly good for you.
There is bound to be some friction, for instance over changes to America’s H-1B visa program for skilled workers.
Jughead's move to the south side of town is going to cause friction between the lifelong pals.
Gen. Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee will be remembered for its friction, but there was one light moment.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1704See Words from the same year
FRICTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of friction for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of friction for Students
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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