tribology

noun

tri·​bol·​o·​gy trī-ˈbä-lə-jē How to pronounce tribology (audio)
tri-
: a study that deals with the design, friction, wear, and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion (as in bearings or gears)
tribological adjective
tribologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In part, because tribology itself is built on unseen forces all around us. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tribology was in 1966

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“Tribology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tribology. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

tribology

noun
tri·​bol·​o·​gy trī-ˈbäl-ə-jē How to pronounce tribology (audio) trib-ˈäl- How to pronounce tribology (audio)
plural tribologies
: a branch of mechanical engineering that deals with the design, friction, wear, and lubrication of interacting surfaces (as bodily joints) in relative motion
tribological adjective

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