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noun friction pronunciation in American English /ˈfrɪkʃ(ə)n/
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singularfriction
pluralfrictions
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the fact that one thing rubs against another

    He had burn marks from the friction of the ropes on his skin.

    1. a.
      science the physical force that makes it difficult for one surface to move over another
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] disagreement
    friction between:

    There is some friction between the various departments.

    friction with:

    The decision is likely to lead to friction with neighboring countries.

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