One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of wearing something away by friction.
wearing away, abrasion, scraping away, grinding down, crumbling, wear and tear, weathering, dissolving, dissolutionView synonyms
- ‘The bones show no appearance of detrition; the largest numbers and those in the finest condition are found at a distance from the rivers; and, farther, their numbers decrease as we go farther south.’
- ‘The intention of the policy is to protect the roading network from premature structural detrition and procedures for loadings are set out.’
- ‘However, the manuscript also contains the visual information which was recorded unintentionally; for example, details of characters appeared during the writing or details determined by used materials, detrition, damage, and repairs.’
- ‘Accurate reproduction of shadow masks is achieved with minimized detrition of the tooling.’
- ‘It is an object of the invention to provide a corrosion-resistant and weldable nickel alloy in which locally uneven corrosional detrition is avoided.’
Late 17th century: from medieval Latin detritio(n-), from detri-, stem of deterere ‘wear away’.
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