Definitions for attritionəˈtrɪʃ ən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength.
a wearing down or weakening of resistance, esp. as a result of continuous pressure or harassment:
a war of attrition.
a gradual reduction in work force as when workers retire and are not replaced.
Category: Common Vocabulary
the act of rubbing against something; friction.
a wearing down or away by friction; abrasion.
Origin of attrition:
1325–75; ME < L attrītiō friction
abrasion, attrition, corrasion, detrition(noun)
erosion by friction
grinding, abrasion, attrition, detrition(noun)
the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
attrition, contrition, contriteness(noun)
sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
a wearing down to weaken or destroy
"a war of attrition"
the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction
wearing or grinding down by friction
the gradual reduction in a tangible or intangible resource due to causes that are passive and do not involve productive use of the resource.
A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death
The loss of participants during an experiment
Imperfect contrition or remorse
Origin: From attritio, from the verb attritus, past participle of atterere, from ad- + terere.
the act of rubbing together; friction; the act of wearing by friction, or by rubbing substances together; abrasion
the state of being worn
grief for sin arising only from fear of punishment or feelings of shame. See Contrition
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
The reduction of the effectiveness of a force caused by loss of personnel and materiel.
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