Attriting



Also, attrited. worn by rubbing or attrition.
to make smaller by attrition.
adj.

“worn down,” 1620s, from Latin attritus, past participle of atterere (see attrition).

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  • Attrition

    a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength: Our club has had a high rate of attrition because so many members have moved away. a wearing down or weakening of resistance, especially as a result of continuous pressure or harassment: The enemy surrounded the town and conducted a war of attrition. a gradual reduction […]

  • Attritional

    a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength: Our club has had a high rate of attrition because so many members have moved away. a wearing down or weakening of resistance, especially as a result of continuous pressure or harassment: The enemy surrounded the town and conducted a war of attrition. a gradual reduction […]



  • Attritted

    to wear down (an opposing military force) by numerical superiority in troops or firepower. verb (US, slang) (transitive) -trits, -tritting, -tritted to wear down or dispose of gradually to kill v. 1956, U.S. Air Force back-formation from attrition which attained currency during the Vietnam War. (A 17c. attempt at a verb produced attrite). Related: Attrited; […]

  • Attu

    the westernmost of the Aleutian Islands: Japanese occupation 1942–43. Historical Examples The finest work of Attu and Atka is woven entirely under water. Alaska Ella Higginson The Attu weaver uses the stems and leaves of grass, having no trees and few plants. Alaska Ella Higginson Some real Attu and Atka baskets were found here at […]



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