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attrition

1. Geography the grinding down of rock particles by friction during transportation by water, wind, or ice
2. Theol sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation, esp as contrasted with contrition, which arises purely from love of God

attrition

[ə′trish·ən]
(geology)
The act of wearing and smoothing of rock surfaces by the flow of water charged with sand and gravel, by the passage of sand drifts, or by the movement of glaciers.
(materials)
Wear caused by rubbing or friction. For metal surfaces, also known as scoring; scouring.
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In rugby, a side often has to play with reduced numbers which increases hugely the risk of injury because of the increased effort required to defend; most telling of all, which Pano-rama did not touch on, the American game, due to its physical and attritional demands, is played for only five months of the year - and just one game a week .
It's going to be very attritional and you're going to have to scrap and fight and do what you can to get out of it.
The Spaniard, who reached the semi-finals twice at Melbourne Park, braved temperatures of 42 degrees Celsius on the Rod Laver Arena and wore down Laver with his trademark brand of attritional tennis within two hours and 12 minutes.
Root's strike rate of just under 37 was bettered - just - by Kevin Pietersen as he made 50 but was in excess of any other England batsman in the innings thus far on an attritional day.
Coming in to this match, both sides had been scoring freely so it was something of a surprise that this was largely an attritional battle.
Summary: A 10-man Chelsea pulled off a remarkable feat of attritional football to win 3-2 on aggregate (2-2 on the night) against Barcelona.
It's going to be attritional cricket for five days," he added.
Cardiff worked tirelessly to carve out only a handful of chances over the course of 90 attritional minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium.
An attritional second half lacked clear-cut opportunities but Jarvis' second penalty after 56 minutes put Connacht further ahead and they held on to win their first game of the new season.
But limited-overs star Morgan showed he has the temperament to succeed in the longer format as he followed Collingwood's lead in a period of attritional, defensive cricket before freeing his arms to bring up his century with a big straight six.
JONJO O'NEILL'S Synchronised could be allowed to bid for further National glory next month after recording a battling success in an attritional John Smith's Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter.
GhanaAAEs numerical disadvantage handed their opponents the initiative after an attritional first 45 minutes and Brazil dominated the second half.