friction

[ frik-shuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF friction

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FRICTION

During all those six years there had been friction and bitterness between us.

The test of the amount of friction is the rate of loss of motion.

Mechanical, as when two different kinds of matter are subject to friction.

In the friction of these opposing wills, forces baneful to Man are generated.

The explanation is certain—the heat was the result of the friction.

And now put this question to yourselves, What produced the friction?

A new reel sometimes clogs and stops from friction and heat.

It is only by the friction of intellect with intellect that these desirable qualities can be gained.

But, if there is no friction and you want to stop, you cannot.

Another man is standing still when the friction is turned off.

WORD ORIGIN

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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