What does attrition mean?

Definitions for attritionəˈtrɪʃ ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abrasion, attrition, corrasion, detrition(noun)

    erosion by friction

  2. grinding, abrasion, attrition, detrition(noun)

    the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice

  3. attrition, contrition, contriteness(noun)

    sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation

  4. attrition(noun)

    a wearing down to weaken or destroy

    "a war of attrition"

  5. attrition(noun)

    the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction


  1. attrition(Noun)

    wearing or grinding down by friction

  2. attrition(Noun)

    the gradual reduction in a tangible or intangible resource due to causes that are passive and do not involve productive use of the resource.

  3. attrition(Noun)

    A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death

  4. attrition(Noun)

    The loss of participants during an experiment

  5. attrition(Noun)

    Imperfect contrition or remorse

  6. Origin: From attritio, from the verb attritus, past participle of atterere, from ad- + terere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attrition(noun)

    the act of rubbing together; friction; the act of wearing by friction, or by rubbing substances together; abrasion

  2. Attrition(noun)

    the state of being worn

  3. Attrition(noun)

    grief for sin arising only from fear of punishment or feelings of shame. See Contrition

  4. Origin: [L. attritio: cf. F. attrition.]


  1. Attrition

    Attrition are an electronic music band, formed in Coventry, England in 1980 by Martin Bowes and Julia Niblock. The band emerged from the experimental post-punk scene of the early 1980s and, along with other groups such as Throbbing Gristle, Coil, Einstürzende Neubauten, and In the Nursery, greatly contributed to the development of industrial music in the UK. Still active 30 years later, Attrition have been a stanchion of darkwave and industrial music, influencing many younger bands in the genres while continuously fine tuning their own distinctive sound.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. attrition

    The reduction of the effectiveness of a force caused by loss of personnel and materiel.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attrition in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attrition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Beverly Wyse:

    On a per airplane basis, our employee base will come down but we cover that with natural attrition and having temporary workers, contract workers.

  2. Abu Hamed:

    There is a large attrition, particularly of anti-armor weapons, the military equipment we have - be it tanks, cars or trucks, is being targeted directly. We lost two cars today.

  3. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez:

    We believe the cost of implementing this rule is offset by the efficiencies that come with reduced attrition, increased loyalty, all of those things that have been documented in a number of studies of state laws that have been enacted.

  4. Noah Bonsey:

    It's really indicative of some huge problems the regime has, what we're seeing now is the best evidence yet of a trend we've already known about: the regime's attrition rate is quite high and it can't replace the soldiers and militiamen that it loses with equally effective Syrian manpower.

  5. Kenji Hashimoto:

    Given the number of Envoy pilots flowing through to American each month or leaving due to normal attrition, Envoy will not have the pilots we need to fly our 2015 schedule, Without a cost-effective pilot agreement in place, Envoy will not secure new jets and faces challenges in recruiting new pilots without the promise of a renewed fleet.

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