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The act of wearing away by friction.

[Medieval Latin dētrītiō, dētrītiōn-, from Latin dētrītus, past participle of dēterere, to lessen, rub away; see detriment.]


the act of rubbing or wearing away by friction
[C17: from Medieval Latin dētrītiō, from Latin dētrītus worn away; see detriment]


(dɪˈtrɪʃ ən)

the act of wearing away by rubbing.
[1665–75; < Latin dētri- (see detritus) + -tion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.detrition - erosion by frictiondetrition - erosion by friction      
eating away, eroding, erosion, wearing, wearing away - (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
2.detrition - the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or icedetrition - the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
rubbing, friction - the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
3.detrition - effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
attrition - the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction
elbow grease, exertion, effort, travail, sweat - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
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1)](G, t) = First detrition factor contributed by HR dissipating EMOBH
The use of the word "recall" indicates a serious detrition in relations.
La raison principale de cette divergence est la detrition retenue.
It is the detrition of coach services between Teesside ad London Victoria Coach Station that should be a reason for concern.
2) Clean cultivation and mechanical detrition of caterpillars also help in reducing pest infestation.