[ US /əˈtɹɪʃən/ ]
[ UK /ɐtɹˈɪʃən/ ]
NOUN
  1. the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction
  2. a wearing down to weaken or destroy
    a war of attrition
  3. sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
  4. erosion by friction
  5. the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
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How To Use attrition In A Sentence

  • Attrition rates, for tanks and aircraft increased greatly, sparking off a debate about the implication of the new technologies.
  • He won an accordion from a Chinese barkeep in Luna City by cheating at onethumb and thereafter kept going by singing to the miners for drinks and tips until the rapid attrition in spacemen caused the Company agent there to give him another chance. The Past Through Tomorrow
  • It can then be argued that treatment effects result from selective attrition of higher risk cases.
  • Both horses have shown their form on attritional ground and that seems certain to stand them in good stead. Times, Sunday Times
  • He Began a strategy of attrition and, despite heavy Union casualties at the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, Began to surround Lee's troops in Petersburg, Va .
  • Studies on the retention of laboratory personnel have focused on the causes of employee attrition and strategies to promote retention.
  • Our rugby has become so attritional it regularly makes you wince just watching it. The Sun
  • Other studies find that some aspects of part-time instruction could be the causes of student attrition, which in turn affects the eventual transition into the workplace.
  • Most contemporary commanders used their troops in a slow, expensive, attritional warfare based on sieges of selected fortified cities or fortresses.
  • Needless to say, there is nothing pleasurable about the ailments caused by muscle attrition or a lack of bone density.
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