- 1The action or process of gradually reducing the strength or effectiveness of someone or something through sustained attack or pressure: the council is trying to wear down the opposition by attrition the squadron suffered severe attrition of its bombersMás ejemplos en oraciones
- He counted on air supremacy to allow his forces to reduce the communists by attrition, and he seemed to believe that UN ground forces could handle the survivors.
- As long as the war was kept in that context, they could sustain the years of attrition.
- Their game is a form of physical attrition of the opposition.
- 1.1chiefly North American & Australian/New Zealand The gradual reduction of a workforce by employees' leaving and not being replaced rather than by their being laid off: with so few retirements since March, the year’s attrition was insignificantMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Steps like these have helped it shrink its workforce through attrition, from a peak of 804,000 in 1999 to 701,000 today.
- To that end, given the demographics of our workforce, we plan to achieve much of this reduction via attrition and early-retirement programs.
- Retirement was listed as the reason for 9.2% of the employee attrition.
- 1.2Wearing away by friction; abrasion: the skull shows attrition of the edges of the teethMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Teeth may be damaged by dental caries, trauma, erosion, attrition, and abrasion or lost through periodontal disease.
- Further, X-rays showed there was no deposit of secondary dentine as would have been expected if the abrasion had been due to natural attrition before death.
- In this hypothesis, the silts form by aeolian abrasion and attrition of sand grains and by rock-weathering processes.
- 2(In scholastic theology) sorrow, but not contrition, for sin.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- I should mention before I go through with this final act of attrition that if I misbehaved so egregiously over the past year, it must certainly reflect negatively on you both as parents.
late Middle English (sense 2): from late Latin attritio(n-), from atterere 'to rub'.