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friction

[frik-shuh n] /ˈfrɪk ʃən/
noun
1.
surface resistance to relative motion, as of a body sliding or rolling.
2.
the rubbing of the surface of one body against that of another.
3.
dissension or conflict between persons, nations, etc., because of differing ideas, wishes, etc.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin frictiōn- (stem of frictiō) a rubbing, equivalent to frict(us) (past participle of fricāre) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
frictionless, adjective
frictionlessly, adverb
interfriction, noun
nonfriction, noun
self-friction, noun
Synonyms
3. discord, dissidence, clash, antagonism, contention, wrangling.
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British Dictionary definitions for interfriction

friction

/ˈfrɪkʃən/
noun
1.
a resistance encountered when one body moves relative to another body with which it is in contact
2.
the act, effect, or an instance of rubbing one object against another
3.
disagreement or conflict; discord
4.
(phonetics) the hissing element of a speech sound, such as a fricative
5.
perfumed alcohol used on the hair to stimulate the scalp
Derived Forms
frictional, adjective
frictionless, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Latin frictiō a rubbing, from fricāre to rub, rub down; related to Latin friāre to crumble
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Word Origin and History for interfriction

friction

n.

1560s, "a chafing, rubbing," from Middle French friction (16c.) and directly from Latin frictionem (nominative frictio) "a rubbing, rubbing down," noun of action from past participle stem of fricare "to rub," of uncertain origin. Sense of "resistance to motion" is from 1722; figurative sense of "disagreement, clash" first recorded 1761. Related: Frictional.

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interfriction in Medicine

friction fric·tion (frĭk'shən)
n.

  1. The rubbing of one object or surface against another.

  2. A physical force that resists the relative motion or tendency to such motion of two bodies in contact.

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interfriction in Science
friction
  (frĭk'shən)   
A force on objects or substances in contact with each other that resists motion of the objects or substances relative to each other. ◇ Static friction arises between two objects that are not in motion with respect to each other, as for example between a cement block and a wooden floor. It increases to counterbalance forces that would move the objects, up to a certain maximum level of force, at which point the objects will begin moving. It is measured as the maximum force the bodies will sustain before motion occurs. ◇ Kinetic friction arises between bodies that are in motion with respect to each other, as for example the force that works against sliding a cement block along a wooden floor. Between two hard surfaces, the kinetic friction is usually somewhat lower than the static friction, meaning that more force is required to set the objects in motion than to keep them in motion. See also drag.
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interfriction in Culture

friction definition


The resistance of an object to the medium through which or on which it is traveling, such as air, water, or a solid floor.

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