- the act of wearing away by rubbing.
Origin of detrition
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The "Hole" has been made by the detrition and washing out of the shale and the fall of the overlying rock.The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts
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Another is the constant repetition of certain words and phrases which have lost their meaning by detrition and are known to all.American Sketches
- 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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- The act of wearing away by friction.
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