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
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; attriting.
An expected rate of loss or attrition: Attrit can refer to an expected rate of loss or attrition (Air Force)
To dispose of or dispense with gradually; subject to attrition: Workers never retire, resign, or die—they are attritted
To kill: Well, counterattacks are a useful way to attrit the enemy
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 […]
Crispus [kris-puh s] /ˈkrɪs pəs/ (Show IPA), 1723?–70, American patriot, probably a fugitive slave, killed in the Boston Massacre. Historical Examples Attucks fell, his face to the foe, with two bullets in his breast. Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence Various From time to time Attucks’ voice could be heard urging his companions on. Masterpieces of Negro […]
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attucks, crispus Attucks, Crispus [(at-uhks)] A black sailor killed in the Boston Massacre. Note: It is said that he was among the first Americans to die in the struggle for liberty.
to bring into accord, harmony, or sympathetic relationship; adjust: He has attuned himself to living in the quiet country. Archaic. to or bring into harmony, as a musical instrument. Contemporary Examples To make a living off of fiction, most writers must be as attuned to marketing as they are to writing. The Book-Club Hustlers Francesca […]