ETYM Cf. French désagrément disagreeable circumstance, disagreeableness.
1. A conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters; SYN. dissension.
2. The speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing.
ETYM Old Eng. discord, descord, Old Fren. discorde, descorde, French discorde, from Latin discordia, from discors, -cordis, discordant, disagreeable.
A combination of notes jarring to the ear. See dissonance.
1. A discordant act; SYN. discordance.
2. Disagreement among those expected to cooperate; SYN. dissension.
3. Lack of agreement or harmony; SYN. strife.
A lack of harmony; SYN. inharmoniousness.
ETYM Latin dissensio: cf. French dissension. Related to Dissent.
Disagreement in opinion, usually of a violent character, producing warm debates or angry words.
Disagreement; especially; partisan and contentious quarreling. SYN. discord
ETYM French division, Latin divisio, from dividere. Related to Divide.
1. Separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart; SYN. partition, partitioning, segmentation, subdivision, sectionalization.
2. The act or process of dividing or splitting.
3. (Biology) A group of organisms forming a subdivision of a larger category.
4. (Botany) Taxonomic unit of plants corresponding to a phylum.
5. An administrative unit in government or business.
6. An arithmetic operation that is the inverse of multiplication; the quotient of two numbers is computed.
7. Discord that splits a group; SYN. variance.
8. An army unit large enough to sustain combat.
9. A group of ships of similar type.
10. A unit of the US air force usually comprising two or more wings.
Unfavorable speech; censure.
ETYM Latin factio a doing, a company of persons acting together, a faction: cf. French faction See Fashion.
A dissenting clique; SYN. sect.
Dissident or self-seeking group; clique; dissension.
1. An instance of falling out; quarrel
2. When people have a falling-out, they become upset or angry with each other and no longer have friendly relations.
ETYM Latin frictio, from fricare, frictum,to rub: cf. French friction. Related to Fray to rub, arid cf. Dentifrice.
In physics, the force that opposes the relative motion of two bodies in contact. The coefficient of friction is the ratio of the force required to achieve this relative motion to the force pressing the two bodies together.
Friction is greatly reduced by the use of lubricants such as oil, grease, and graphite. Air bearings are now used to minimize friction in high-speed rotational machinery. In other instances friction is deliberately increased by making the surfaces rough —for example, brake linings, driving belts, soles of shoes, and tires.
1. Effort expended in rubbing one object against another; SYN. detrition, rubbing.
2. The resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another; SYN. rubbing.
ETYM Latin variantia.
In statistics, the square of the standard deviation, the measure of spread of data. Population and sample variance are denoted by s2 or s2, respectively.
The second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value.