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Definition 1: the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction - [noun denoting act]

(attrition is a kind of ...) effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure

Definition 2: a wearing down to weaken or destroy - [noun denoting event]

Samples where attrition or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a war of attrition

(attrition is a kind of ...) a change downward

"there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided" "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"

Definition 3: sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation - [noun denoting feeling]

Synonyms for attrition in the sense of this definition

(attrition is a kind of ...) sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

"he drank to drown his sorrows" "he wrote a note expressing his regret" "to his rue, the error cost him the game"

Definition 4: the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Synonyms for attrition in the sense of this definition

(attrition is a kind of ...) the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another

Definition 5: erosion by friction - [noun denoting process]

Synonyms for attrition in the sense of this definition

(attrition is a kind of ...) (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)

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