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friction

fric·tion

friction

 
 
pronunciation:
frIk shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the rubbing of surfaces against each other.
Oil prevents friction from wearing down engine parts too quickly.Friction creates heat.
definition 2: the resistance of a surface to relative motion, as of an object sliding or rolling over it.
When the ice is rough and snowy, there is too much friction to skate well.
definition 3: conflict between people or groups of people; contention.
Friction between the two countries centers on a dispute over the border.At our last family gathering, I could sense friction between my mother and my aunt.
antonyms:
harmony
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derivation: frictionless (adj.)
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