stiction

noun
stic·​tion | \ ˈstik-shən How to pronounce stiction (audio) \

Definition of stiction

: the force required to cause one body in contact with another to begin to move

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Stiction has been a part of the English language since at least 1946, when it appeared in a journal of aeronautics. The word is a combination of the st- of static ("of or relating to bodies at rest") and the -iction of friction ("the force that resists relative motion between two bodies in contact"). So, basically, it means static friction (or to put it another way, as in our second example sentence, "stationary friction").

First Known Use of stiction

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stiction

static + friction

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“Stiction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stiction. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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