- 1The resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another: a lubrication system that reduces frictionMore example sentences
abrasion, rubbing, chafing, grating, rasping, scraping; resistance, drag
- 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.
- 1.1The action of one surface or object rubbing against another: the friction of brakingMore 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.
- 1.2Conflict or animosity caused by a clash of wills, temperaments, or opinions: a considerable amount of friction between father and sonMore example sentences
discord, strife, conflict, disagreement, dissension, dissent, infighting, opposition, contention, dispute, disputation, arguing, argument, quarreling, bickering, squabbling, wrangling, fighting, feuding, rivalry; hostility, animosity, antipathy, enmity, antagonism, resentment, acrimony, bitterness, bad feeling, ill feeling, ill will, bad blood
- 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.
mid 16th century (denoting chafing or rubbing of the body or limbs, formerly much used in medical treatment): via French from Latin frictio(n-), from fricare 'to rub'.