noun[mass noun] rare
The action of wearing something away by friction.
- Accurate reproduction of shadow masks is achieved with minimized detrition of the tooling.
- The intention of the policy is to protect the roading network from premature structural detrition and procedures for loadings are set out.
- It is an object of the invention to provide a corrosion-resistant and weldable nickel alloy in which locally uneven corrosional detrition is avoided.
Late 17th century: from medieval Latin detritio(n-), from detri-, stem of deterere 'wear away'.
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