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Attrition definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Abrasion; the act of wearing by friction, or rubbing substances together.
the change of aliment is effected by the attrition of the stomach.
2. the state of being worn.
3. with divines, grief for sin arising from fear of punishment; the lowest degree of repentance.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: erosion by friction [syn: abrasion, attrition, corrasion, detrition]
2: the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice [syn: grinding, abrasion, attrition, detrition]
3: sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation [syn: attrition, contrition, contriteness]
4: a wearing down to weaken or destroy; "a war of attrition"
5: the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin attrition-, attritio, from atterere to rub against, from ad- + terere to rub more at throw Date: 14th century 1. [Middle English attricioun, from Medieval Latin attrition-, attritio, from Latin] sorrow for one's sins that arises from a motive other than that of the love of God 2. the act of rubbing together ; friction; also the act of wearing or grinding down by friction 3. the act of weakening or exhausting by constant harassment, abuse, or attack <a war of attrition> 4. a reduction in numbers usually as a result of resignation, retirement, or death <a company with a high rate of attrition> attritional adjective

U.S. Military Dictionary

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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a the act or process of gradually wearing out, esp. by friction. b abrasion. 2 Theol. sorrow for sin, falling short of contrition. Phrases and idioms: war of attrition a war in which one side wins by gradually wearing the other down with repeated attacks etc. Derivatives: attritional adj. Etymology: ME f. LL attritio f. atterere attrit- rub

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Attrition At*tri"tion, n. [L. attritio: cf. F. attrition.] 1. The act of rubbing together; friction; the act of wearing by friction, or by rubbing substances together; abrasion. Effected by attrition of the inward stomach. --Arbuthnot. 2. The state of being worn. --Johnson. 3. (Theol.) Grief for sin arising only from fear of punishment or feelings of shame. See Contrition. --Wallis.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Attrition is a process in which you steadily reduce the strength of an enemy by continually attacking them. (FORMAL) The rebels have declared a cease-fire in their war of attrition against the government.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Abrasion, friction, rubbing, wearing away, rubbing away.

Moby Thesaurus

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