friction

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noun fric·tion \ˈfrik-shən\

Definition of friction

  1. 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. 2 :  the clashing between two persons or parties of opposed views :  disagreement friction between neighbors friction between state and federal authorities

  3. 3 :  sound produced by the movement of air through a narrow constriction in the mouth or glottis

frictionless

play \ˈfrik-shən-ləs\ adjective

frictionlessly

adverb

Examples of friction in a Sentence

  1. the friction of sandpaper on wood

  2. Oil in a car engine reduces friction.

  3. It was difficult to reach an agreement because of the friction between the two sides.

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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


FRICTION Defined for English Language Learners

friction

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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

friction

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noun fric·tion \ˈfrik-shən\

Definition of friction for Students

  1. 1 :  the rubbing of one thing against another

  2. 2 :  resistance to motion between bodies in contact Oiling the parts of the machine reduces friction.

  3. 3 :  disagreement among persons or groups



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