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de·tri·tion

 (dĭ-trĭsh′ən)
n.
The act of wearing away by friction.

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

(dɪˈtrɪʃən)
n
the act of rubbing or wearing away by friction
[C17: from Medieval Latin dētrītiō, from Latin dētrītus worn away; see detriment]
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de•tri•tion

(dɪˈtrɪʃ ən)

n.
the act of wearing away by rubbing.
[1665–75; < Latin dētri- (see detritus) + -tion]
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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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