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detrition

[dih-trish-uh n]
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noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for detrition

Historical Examples

  • 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

    George W. Holley

  • 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

noun
  1. the act of rubbing or wearing away by friction
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Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin dētrītiō, from Latin dētrītus worn away; see detriment
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detrition in Medicine

detrition

(dĭ-trĭshən)
n.
  1. The act of wearing away by friction.
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