- The definition of friction is conflict or unease created when two people of opposing views or ideals come together or the resistance that occurs when surfaces rub together.
- An example of friction is when Republicans and Democrats get together and discuss politics.
- An example of friction is when rope rubs against your hand and you get rope burn.
There is a great deal of friction between the politicians.
- a rubbing, esp. of one object against another
- disagreement or conflict because of differences of opinion, temperament, etc.
- Mech. the resistance to motion of two moving objects or surfaces that touch
Origin of frictionFrench ; from Classical Latin frictio ; from past participle of fricare, to rub: see friable
- The rubbing of one object or surface against another.
- Conflict, as between persons having dissimilar ideas or interests; clash.
- Physics A force that resists the relative motion or tendency to such motion of two bodies or substances in contact.
Origin of frictionLatin frictiō, frictiōn-, from frictus, past participle of fricāre, to rub.
From Middle French friction and directly from Latin frictionem, nom. frictio (“a rubbing, rubbing down”)