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FRICTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does friction mean? 

FRICTION (noun)
  The noun FRICTION has 3 senses:

1. a state of conflict between persons
2. the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
3. effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure

  Familiarity information: FRICTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FRICTION (noun)


Sense 1friction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of conflict between persons

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

friction; clash

Hypernyms ("friction" is a kind of...):

conflict (a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests)


Sense 2friction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

rubbing; friction

Hypernyms ("friction" is a kind of...):

resistance (any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "friction"):

abrasion; attrition; detrition; grinding (the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice)

adhesive friction; grip; traction (the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road))


Sense 3friction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

detrition; friction; rubbing

Hypernyms ("friction" is a kind of...):

effort; elbow grease; exertion; sweat; travail (use of physical or mental energy; hard work)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "friction"):

attrition (the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction)


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