detrition

[ dih-trish-uh n ]
/ dɪˈtrɪʃ ən /

noun

the act of wearing away by rubbing.

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Origin of detrition

1665–75; < Medieval Latin dētrītiōn- (stem of dētrītiō), equivalent to Latin dētrīt(us) (past participle of dēterere; see detritus) + -iōn- -ion
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Example sentences from the Web for detrition

  • The "Hole" has been made by the detrition and washing out of the shale and the fall of the overlying rock.

  • Another is the constant repetition of certain words and phrases which have lost their meaning by detrition and are known to all.

    American Sketches|Charles Whibley

British Dictionary definitions for detrition

detrition
/ (dɪˈtrɪʃən) /

noun

the act of rubbing or wearing away by friction

Word Origin for detrition

C17: from Medieval Latin dētrītiō, from Latin dētrītus worn away; see detriment
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Medical definitions for detrition

detrition
[ dĭ-trĭshən ]

n.

The act of wearing away by friction.
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