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.

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