Definition of frictionless in English:



  • 1Not impeded by or creating friction; smooth.

    ‘a compass needs to have a lightweight magnet and a frictionless bearing’
    • ‘And this not-round body is put in contact with a floor that is as far from the physics books' frictionless plane as can be - a collection of warped and uneven floorboards, all gaps and snags.’
    • ‘The underlying bone is spongy too resulting in a smooth frictionless joint.’
    • ‘The seamless transit of the outer atmosphere, made possible by a virtually frictionless energy shield, passed within a few minutes.’
    • ‘He did not analyse frictionless uniform motion because such motion is not seen in the world.’
    • ‘It's a frictionless surface, almost frictionless.’
    • ‘He strokes her arm, this time not tickling her, but marveling at the smooth, almost frictionless feeling.’
    • ‘The 'float on water' technique is an easy way to create a nearly frictionless bearing.’
    • ‘The pleural surface seems to provide the optimal mechanism for smooth and frictionless movement of the lungs.’
    • ‘Bjerknes discovered analogies between the way bodies could move through a frictionless fluid and certain electromagnetic effects.’
    • ‘An environment without people is even more abstract and meaningless than the ideal frictionless surface beloved of physicists.’
    • ‘By lubricating the working surface at the beginning of each experimental session, displacement of the stylus was near frictionless.’
    • ‘As Newtonian physics grew there appeared the notions of frictionless surfaces, ideal gases, perfect conductors of electricity, inelastic collisions, perfect insulators, perfect spheres, and so on.’
    • ‘The substitution of the nearly frictionless carbon coatings for chemical lubricants is ‘a great opportunity to solve these problems,’ Erdemir said.’
    • ‘Users of standard mouse pads will love this mat and all the benefits to accuracy and effortlessness it affords you from its near frictionless surface.’
    • ‘Within the cells of our bodies, fluids flow rapidly through miniscule, nearly frictionless, protein channels.’
    • ‘Classical science formulated basic laws of nature upon exceptionally simple systems, such as the motion of the Earth around the sun or a frictionless pendulum.’
    • ‘A common analogy of consolidation is that of a frictionless piston pushing against a spring in a cylinder full of water.’
    • ‘No, they won't be levitating off the ground, and no, they won't be frictionless, but they may be significantly more efficient than existing windmills.’
    steady, regular, rhythmic, uninterrupted, unbroken, flowing, fluid, fluent
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    1. 1.1 Achieved with or involving little difficulty; effortless.
      ‘a frictionless payment solution’
      • ‘Automatic financial transactions are facilitated by this secure environment through the automated electronic verification of the identity of the consumer, which enables frictionless electronic commerce.’
      • ‘I hope somebody will challenge him on how musicians make a living when copying is frictionless.’
      • ‘Like a lot of multinationals, they'd like to be weightless and frictionless, disregarding national laws (but not copyright enforcement).’
      • ‘They promised to bring buyers and sellers together in a frictionless electronic market, making it easy for companies to find customers, and for customers to find greater choice.’
      • ‘It also nudges driving just that little bit closer to the disquietingly frictionless experience of automated banking.’
      • ‘The market and the authorities have combined to assure the virtually frictionless conversion of Treasuries into payment money (checking accounts or federal funds) on demand.’
      • ‘The saga reminds us that there's no such thing as frictionless entrepreneurship.’
      • ‘According to Slavoj Zizek, cyber-space can be characterized by "the frictionless flow of images."’
      • ‘Once a supplier joins the network, its inventory and shipping systems are directly integrated with Escalate's systems to create a frictionless end-to-end transaction.’
      • ‘We aim to help the company achieve a frictionless supply chain.’
      • ‘This would create a frictionless economy in which all greedy, inefficient middlemen would be effectively cut out of the action.’
      • ‘Five years back, business dreamed of the efficient nirvana implied by frictionless commerce.’
      • ‘Where do the professions fit in a future depicted as a globalizing march toward a frictionless capitalism based upon information and communications technology?’
      • ‘By using frictionless provisioning, service providers can help ensure customer satisfaction while reducing costs.’
      • ‘People talk about a frictionless commerce, but the information glut has made human inattention the friction in commerce.’
      • ‘There is much talk of the frictionless education market, where students anywhere are able to engage in classes that suit them.’
      • ‘The relentless, frictionless bonhomie can be a little grating.’
      • ‘Bring many buyers and sellers together, and use the tools of e-commerce to let them trade in a nearly frictionless manner.’