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asperity

Physics the elastically compressed region of contact between two surfaces caused by the normal force

asperity

[a′sper·ə·dē]
(geology)
A type of surface roughness appearing along the interface of two faults.
References in classic literature ?
Oh, if you find your own cases more interesting than mine--" said Holmes, with some asperity.
I wonder you remember those times, Esther," she returned with her old asperity.
Well, he IS tiresome, Mother," said Daisy, quite without the asperity of a retort.
And the novelty and harshness of the lesson you have taught me to-day, and the bitterness of being disappointed in the only quarter on which the happiness of my life depended, must excuse any appearance of asperity.
I am hoping to hear," the latter concluded, with some slight asperity in his manner, "that the circumstance to which I have alluded was accidental and will not be repeated.
To sever, sir,' returned Sir Joseph, with great asperity, 'the cord of existence--my affairs would be found, I hope, in a state of preparation.
Ford has already explained the situation," he said with asperity.
Her ladyship had observed, upon this, with some asperity, that if they were all to treat each other in that unceremonious manner, the sooner Windygates was turned into a Penitentiary, on the silent system, the fitter the house would be for the people who inhabited it.
Mr Nickleby looked very indignant at the handmaid on being thus corrected, and demanded with much asperity what she meant; which she was about to state, when a female voice proceeding from a perpendicular staircase at the end of the passage, inquired who was wanted.
While I acknowledge the success of the present work to have been greater than I anticipated, and the praises it has elicited from a few kind critics to have been greater than it deserved, I must also admit that from some other quarters it has been censured with an asperity which I was as little prepared to expect, and which my judgment, as well as my feelings, assures me is more bitter than just.
Munt with asperity, "and that may or may not be a good thing.
Tell Charley Welsh's sister that Charley Welsh was out this morning, and drew his own pay," came back the manager's familiar tones, crisp with asperity.