Friction vs Tension - What's the difference?

friction | tension |

As nouns the difference between friction and tension

is that friction is the rubbing of one object or surface against another while tension is tension.




  • The rubbing of one object or surface against another.
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  • Conflict, as between persons having dissimilar ideas or interests; clash.
  • (physics): A force that resists the relative motion or tendency to such motion of two bodies in contact.
  • * 1839 , (Denison Olmsted), A Compendium of Astronomy Page 95
  • Secondly, When a body is once in motion it will continue to move forever, unless something stops it. When a ball is struck on the surface of the earth, the friction of the earth and the resistance of the air soon stop its motion.

    See also

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    (en noun)
  • Condition of being held in a state between two or more forces, which are acting in opposition to each other
  • Psychological state of being tense.
  • (physics, engineering) State of an elastic object which is stretched in a way which increases its length.
  • (physics, engineering) Force transmitted through a rope, string, cable, or similar object (used with prepositions on'', ''in'', or ''of , e.g., "The tension in the cable is 1000 N", to convey that the same magnitude of force applies to objects attached to both ends).
  • (physics, engineering) Voltage. Usually only the terms low tension, high tension, and extra-high tension, and the abbreviations LT, HT, and EHT are used. They are not precisely defined; LT is normally a few volts, HT a few hundreds of volts, and EHT thousands of volts.
  • Verb

  • To place an object in tension, to pull or place strain on.
  • We tensioned the cable until it snapped.


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