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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.

attrition

A loss or weakening. Attrition often refers to a reduction of employees in an organization due to resignation, retirement and death. See attrition rate.
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Hooker William Servat anticipates the contest, known as Le Crunch, will be attritional.
While Williams completed his win in under two hours, Selby's tussle with Dott proved a more attritional exercise as the pair fought out a match lasting three hours and 38 minutes.
Military chiefs have faith in the coming operation and it would be welcome if it hastened the end of such an attritional conflict.
It's a slow attritional pitch, but there were certainly signs of turn there in the evening session, which on day one is quite a nice situation for us to have.
Now, worryingly, fractures, torn muscles and ligaments and serious strains are commonplace, many coming in training, where the intensity of getting everyone in shape is only marginally more attritional than the game itself.
The expectation seemed to elevate her in the decisive stages of an attritional 7-6 4-6 6-4 triumph over Caroline Garcia yesterday.
Given that those who rule the roost in union have insisted in turning it into American football what with its attritional values, the juxtaposition is interesting, especially as head injuries in gridiron (a game I also enjoy) are falling, but increasing dramatically in rugby.
Adam Marshall Even if we can rustle up a team for Saturday the England game will be attritional and more wounded will follow so we might as well send the under 21s out again Fiji and Australia
And an attritional battle is expected in Cape Town.
Newcastle is an absolute gem of a city, constantly let down by dour, attritional, unimaginative politicians.
Jimenez let slip an early two-shot lead before defeating Richard Green and Thomas Pieters on the first hole of a suddendeath play-off after the trio had finished tied on four under par following an attritional final round at PGA Catalunya.
Jimenez let slip an early two-shot lead before defeating Richard Green and Thomas Pieters on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off after the trio had finished tied on four under par following an attritional final round at PGA Catalunya.