tri·​bol·​o·​gy | \ trī-ˈbä-lə-jē How to pronounce tribology (audio) , tri- \

Definition of tribology

: a study that deals with the design, friction, wear, and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion (as in bearings or gears)

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tribological \ ˌtrī-​bə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce tribological (audio) , ˌtri-​ \ adjective
tribologist \ trī-​ˈbä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce tribologist (audio) , tri-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web In part, because tribology itself is built on unseen forces all around us. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, "How the Obscure Science of Rubbing Built the Past and Will Shape the Future," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tribology

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Tribology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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tri·​bol·​o·​gy | \ trī-ˈbäl-ə-jē How to pronounce tribology (audio) , trib-ˈäl- How to pronounce tribology (audio) \
plural tribologies

Medical Definition of tribology

: a branch of mechanical engineering that deals with the design, friction, wear, and lubrication of interacting surfaces (as bodily joints) in relative motion

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tribological \ ˌtrī-​bə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce tribological (audio) , ˌtrib-​ə-​ How to pronounce tribological (audio) \ adjective

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