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Pronunciation: /ˈfrɪkʃən/

Translation of friction in Spanish:


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  • 1 [Physics/Física] [Technology/Tecnología] rozamiento (masculine), fricción (feminine) they tried to produce fire by friction intentaron hacer fuego frotando dos palos ( or piedras etc) (before noun/delante del nombre) [clutch] de fricción
    Example sentences
    • Less friction also reduces the stress imposed on the material.
    • Light rail uses up to 80 per cent less energy than buses as it encounters less surface friction.
    • These substances reduce friction between the moving parts of equipment.
    Example sentences
    • Divergence may result from friction with the Earth's surface.
    • Shooting hard can cause the cue tip leather to loose friction with the cue ball, causing it to jump rather than spin.
    • It didn't heat up from friction with the skin, and it protected against hard blows and blasts.
  • 2 (discord) tirantez (feminine), roces (masculine plural) domestic friction roces (masculine plural) or desavenencias (feminine plural) familiares that is bound to lead to friction sin duda eso va a provocar tirantez or roces
    Example sentences
    • One other troubling situation she confronted was friction between the cultural groups.
    • In reading this account, we come to realise that the fights and friction between different groups in the hospital setting are universal and ubiquitous.
    • The best content comes from creative friction between program makers and management.

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