friction

noun
fric·​tion | \ ˈfrik-shən \

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 \ 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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As previously reported, Crawford exhibited bad behavior on set which, combined with friction with co-star Damon Wayans, led to the network’s decision to axe him and keep the show going. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Lethal Weapon' star Clayne Crawford comments on firing, claims he was blackmailed with on-set tapes," 29 Aug. 2018 But his hot temper on the field led to friction with the coaching staff, to the point that Peters was suspended by head coach Andy Reid for a game last season. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Chiefs training camp questions: Can Patrick Mahomes take Kansas City to next level?," 2 July 2018 Wilson, a Morehouse College graduate, had friction with some board leaders over the college’s direction. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Former Morehouse president takes on new role at Harvard," 28 Mar. 2018 Deploying the practice can be particularly challenging for managers who have spent years investing and growing their units, and can cause friction over where those funds are diverted. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Zero-Based Budgeting Stars in Walgreens’ Cost-Cutting Push," 21 Dec. 2018 Compared to textured cotton towels, the fibers are much smaller and finer, actively wicking water away without causing friction. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "This $30 Aquis Towel Completely Saved My Hair Color," 10 Dec. 2018 Christina Animashuan/Vox Those settlements, and the soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces who were charged with protecting the Jewish settlers who lived in them, caused serious friction with the majority population of Palestinians in Gaza. Alex Ward, Vox, "Israel and Gaza just saw their worst violence in years. It could get worse.," 14 Nov. 2018 The two friends agree Eisenheim is clearly the superior skater, a fact that causes no friction in their friendship. Amelia Nierenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Lynch Family Skatepark offers teenagers discipline, camaraderie, freedom," 2 July 2018 Fisher wanted more upgrades, and Florida State’s odd organizational structure had begun causing friction. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Message Behind the Money: How Texas A&M Landed Jimbo Fisher," 28 June 2018

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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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friction

noun

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 \

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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