friction friction  /f ˈrɪk ʃən/


  1. (n) a state of conflict between persons
  2. (n) the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
  3. (n) effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure



  1. After speaking with 163 people, Apter discovered that more than 60% of women felt that friction with their husband's mother had caused them long-term stress.
  2. Right now, there is no sign of friction.
  3. Neither side is expecting the election to alleviate the growing friction.


  1. Uganda summons EU ambassador over criticism of Museveni

    By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda summoned the European Union's envoy on Friday to explain his criticism of President Yoweri Museveni's handling of corruption, underlining growing friction with the West after it cut aid over graft concerns. Western donors withdrew almost all direct budget support to the east African nation after allegations that $13 million had been stolen by ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Friction Facts: Bigger pulleys really are more efficient

    Pro road racers who use Berner's uniquely oversized rear derailleur cages have sworn time and again that they reduce drivetrain friction thanks to their humongous 15-tooth pulleys. Now, Jason Smith of Boulder-based lab Friction Facts has confirmed that claim with his own independent testing. Berner-equipped racers such as Fabian Cancellara , Edvald Boasson Hagen , Philippe Gilbert and others ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: BikeRadar

  3. Less friction loss in combustion engines

    Researchers have developed a method that can reduce engine friction and wear even during production of engine components. Special coatings can help to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Science Daily


  1. "I know that Iraq and other difficult choices America faces in the war on terror will continue to be a source of friction within the Congress, between the Congress and the president and in the wider public debate," Gates said. "Considering...
    on Sep 26, 2007 By: Robert Gates Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Defence Minister Ehud Barak told the Knesset on Monday that the government would examine "additional ways to achieve the same goals of the blockade, by reducing as far as possible the potential for friction."
    on Jun 16, 2010 By: Ehud Barak Source: Australia-Israel Jewish Affairs Council

  3. "At a number of clubs there have been problems with friction between managers and owners," Ferguson said. "But you can see how smoothly the United ship is running as far as that is concerned, despite early hostility over the Glazer family's...
    on Jan 2, 2008 By: Sir Alex Ferguson Source: Independent

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