Meaning of FRICTION in English


I. ˈfrikshən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin friction-, frictio, from frictus (past participle of fricare to rub) + -ion-, -io -ion; akin to Latin friare to rub, crumble, Old Irish brissim I break, Sanskrit bhrīṇanti they injure, hurt


a. : the act of rubbing one body against another : attrition ; specifically : the act of rubbing the body especially to stimulate the skin

after the haircut, I had a shampoo, some friction , a little brilliantine — O.F.Karaka

b. : resistance to the relative motion of one body sliding, rolling, or flowing over another with which it is in contact

c. : the clashing between two persons or parties of opposed views : disagreement tending to prevent or retard progress

2. : rubber forced into textile fabric by calendering

3. : nonvibratory sound produced by impingement of air against some part of the respiratory tract

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to impregnate (textile fabric) with rubber by calendering : rubberize

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