Definition of coefficient of friction in English:

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coefficient of friction

Entry from US English dictionary


The ratio between the force necessary to move one surface horizontally over another and the pressure between the two surfaces.
Example sentences
  • It appears that this more subtle effect accounts for the low coefficient of friction of icy surfaces.
  • Nylon gears and other moving parts have low coefficients of friction and excellent wear-resistance and impact and tensile strengths.
  • In fact, the thickness of the oil determines its coefficient of friction and defines four distinct regions of lubrication.

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Syllabification: co·ef·fi·cient of fric·tion

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