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See also: chafé
From Middle English chaufen (“to warm”), borrowed from Old French chaufer (modern French chauffer), from Latin calefacere, calfacere (“to make warm”), from calere (“to be warm”) + facere (“to make”). See caldron.
- Heat excited by friction.
- Injury or wear caused by friction.
- Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.
- (archaic) An expression of opinionated conflict.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:argument
- 1830, Joseph Plumb Martin, The Adventures Of A Revolutionary Soldier
- When we returned we found the poor prisoner in a terrible chafe with the sentinel for detaining him, for the guard had been true to his trust.
heat excited by friction
injury or wear caused by friction
vexation; irritation of mind; rage
- (transitive) To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.
- (transitive) To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
- (transitive) To fret and wear by rubbing.
- to chafe a cable
- (intransitive) To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.
- (intransitive) To be worn by rubbing.
- A cable chafes.
- (intransitive) To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.
- 1996, Jim Schiller, Developing Jepara in New Order Indonesia, page 58:
- Many local politicians chafed under the restrictions of Guided Democracy […]
to excite passion or anger in
to fret and wear by rubbing
to rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction
to be worn by rubbing
to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated
- chafe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- chafe on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Alternative form of