friction
noun Etymology: earlier, therapeutic rubbing of the limbs, from Middle French, from Latin friction-, frictio, from fricare to rub; akin to Latin friare to crumble, and perhaps to Sanskrit bhrīṇanti they injure Date: 1704 1. a. the rubbing of one body against another b. the force that resists relative motion between two bodies in contact 2. the clashing between two persons or parties of opposed views ; disagreement 3. sound produced by the movement of air through a narrow constriction in the mouth or glottis • frictionless adjectivefrictionlessly adverb

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  • friction — [ friksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • v. 1370; lat. frictio 1 ♦ Manœuvre de massage consistant à frotter vigoureusement une partie du corps pour provoquer une révulsion ou faire absorber un produit par la peau. « une cyanose épaisse avait dépassé le genou [...]… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Friction — Fric tion, n. [L. frictio, fr. fricare, frictum,to rub: cf. F. friction. See {Fray} to rub, arid cf. {Dentifrice}.] 1. The act of rubbing the surface of one body against that of another; attrition; in hygiene, the act of rubbing the body with the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • friction — Friction. s. f. Frottement moderé qu on fait en quelque partie du corps. Legere friction. user de friction sur les espaules, sur les jambes. se servir de frictions. les frictions soulagent. les frictions dissipent l humeur & ouvrent les pores …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • friction — I noun abrasion, antagonism, antipathy, attrition, chafing, clash, clashing, collision, conflict, contention, contravention, controversy, counteraction, disaccord, disagreement, discord, disharmony, dissension, dissent, dissonance, erosion,… …   Law dictionary

  • friction — (n.) 1560s, a chafing, rubbing, from M.Fr. friction (16c.) and directly from L. frictionem (nom. frictio) a rubbing, rubbing down, noun of action from pp. stem of fricare to rub. Sense of resistance to motion is from 1722; figurative sense of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • friction — [n1] rubbing abrasion, agitation, attrition, chafing, erosion, filing, fretting, grating, grinding, irritation, massage, rasping, resistance, scraping, soreness, traction, trituration, wearing away; concept 215 friction [n2] disagreement… …   New thesaurus

  • Friction — Friction. См. Трение. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • Friction — (v. lat.), Reibung, der Widerstand, welchen feste Körper bei Bewegung auf od. gegen einander leisten. Sie beruht größtentheils auf der Ungleichheit der Oberfläche der Körper, indem die hervorragenden Theile des einen in die Vertiefungen des… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Friction — Friction, lat. deutsch, Reibung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • friction — ► NOUN 1) the resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another. 2) the action of one surface or object rubbing against another. 3) conflict or disagreement. DERIVATIVES frictional adjective frictionless adjective. ORIGIN… …   English terms dictionary

  • friction — [frik′shən] n. [Fr < L frictio < pp. of fricare, to rub: see FRIABLE] 1. a rubbing, esp. of one object against another 2. disagreement or conflict because of differences of opinion, temperament, etc. 3. Mech. the resistance to motion of two …   English World dictionary

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