• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Attrite (Theol) Repentant from fear of punishment; having attrition of grief for sin; -- opposed to contrite.
    • Attrite Rubbed; worn by friction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • attrite Worn by rubbing or friction. Milton.
    • attrite In theology, imperfectly contrite or repentant. See attrition, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Attrite at-trīt′ worn by rubbing or friction:
    • adj Attrite at-trīt′ (theol.) repentant through fear of punishment, not yet from the love of God
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. attritus, p. p. of atterere,; ad, + terere, to rub. See Trite
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. attritusatter-ĕread, and terĕre, tritum, to rub.


In literature:

But the inevitable toll of attrition from the violent deaths of the animals appalled this gentle race.
"Inside John Barth" by William W. Stuart
The process is one of attrition.
"Latin America and the United States" by Elihu Root
In other words, he again turned to the policy of attrition.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
For the Allies it was part of the "war of attrition," or General Joffre's "nibbling process.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
All of this did not deter the Allies from pursuing their policy of attrition toward Germany.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
They have not the attrition which wears away the angularities.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
It is a process of social attrition.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
He would fight a war of attrition and wear Cornwallis down.
"The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783" by Virginia State Dept. of Education
The string is single, and there is no attrition.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
The phrase unrolled a vista of commonness and attrition.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
Her violent animal spirits prevent her from growing smooth by attrition.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
It shows no trace of grinding lines or attrition, nor yet of the blows of a hammer.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
But it is the attrition of character against character that really interests him.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
I cannot conceal attrition.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
THOMAS ALVA EDISON, born at Alva, Ohio, February 11, 1847, had no schooling except the attrition of life.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, July, 1893" by Various
Flint is rubbed and emits by attrition an inflammable matter that turns into sparks and heat.
"On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth" by William Gilbert of Colchester
But by attrition it is effaced.
"The Morality of Woman and Other Essays" by Ellen Key
It has been held among the Roman Catholics that in the sacrament of penance attrition becomes contrition.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
It grinds men down by slow attrition to a common likeness.
"Masterman and Son" by W. J. Dawson
Would the nations involved cease their strife owing to absolute exhaustion and attrition?
"British Secret Service During the Great War" by Nicholas Everitt

In news:

Carroll U Predicts Attrition with Student Retention System.
The Stanley Cup Final, heading to a Game 7 Wednesday night, is becoming a battle of attrition.
A recovery plan presented Tuesday by the city's Act 47 consultant doesn't include layoffs but recommends reducing the city workforce slightly through attrition.
Roughly 7,500 of those were eliminated through attrition.
0The Model SK-30-SS sanitary attrition mill produces particles within a relatively narrow size range of 10 to 100 mesh.
Undeterred by Syria's gruesome war of attrition, rebel fighters have scored a key gain where government forces once ruled.
The 8th District Court in Kalamazoo was one of the courts slated to lose judgeships through attrition under last spring's restructuring of the judiciary.
Attrition, due to injuries, has left BYU's offense decimated at an often overlooked but key position.
SYRACUSE — Girls basketball in the NLC can be a war of attrition, a grind -it-out, low-scoring affair that comes down to a key late play or two.
Munson's Model SK-30-SS food-grade attrition mill produces particles within a size range of 10 to 100 mesh.
Likewise, the journalists who reported their stories are being lost through retirement and normal attrition.
Football often turns into a game of attrition, and nowhere is that more evident right now than at Los Altos High.
Contact center agents are leaving in massive numbers -- attrition and absenteeism run rampant -- but there are ways to stem the tide.
In California, it's "pension layoffs" vs "pension attrition".
Are Tiered Rates a Way to Manage Attrition.

In science:

For finite N , sn is reduced due to the presence of loops in the network, which causes the emergence of attrition of the paths.
Self-avoiding walks on scale-free networks
Here we study long-range properties of SAWs on equilibrium scale-free networks, and discuss the ‘attrition problem’.
Self-avoiding walks on scale-free networks
IV we analyze the length at which non-reversal random walks intersect themselves in these networks (self-intersection length), and in Sec. V we calculate the average attrition length of kinetic growth SAWs, at which they cannot continue without violating the self-avoidance condition.
Self-avoiding walks on scale-free networks
These walks were studied to describe the irreversible growth of linear polymers , and will allow us to consider the ‘attrition length’ for a walk on a given network (see Sec. V).
Self-avoiding walks on scale-free networks
High-degree nodes are visited more probably than low-degree ones, and once visited the former are more effective to block a SAW in later steps (they have more connections), thus reducing the mean self-intersection and attrition lengths.
Self-avoiding walks on scale-free networks
We have calculated self-intersection and attrition lengths by using an approximate probabilistic method, which yields results in good agreement with those derived from numerical simulations.
Self-avoiding walks on scale-free networks
Both, the average selfintersection length and attrition length scale as a power of the system size N .
Self-avoiding walks on scale-free networks
The length of kinetic growth walks in scalefree networks is limited by attrition of the paths, and the mean attrition length follows a dependence hLi ∼ N α , with α depending on γ and the minimum degree k0 .
Self-avoiding walks on scale-free networks
This dependence of the exponent α on k0 is remarkable, reflecting the fact that the length of SAWs is limited by attrition at sites with the minimum degree k0 .
Self-avoiding walks on scale-free networks
This ma y avoid, in many cases, the loss of motivation and attrition problems at an early stage.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
The authors of this white paper, who are all postdoctoral fellows at the Institute for Advanced Study, have collectively identified obstacles that are likely to contribute to attrition of dynamic young researchers.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
The war of attrition, and continuous sets of strategies . .
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Under the three-TO/three-RA staffing plan, normal attrition left the HET partially crippled.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
The re-hire and training process takes approximately 6 months, and operations with just two RAs or TOs led to observing inefficiencies, decreased morale, and an increased attrition rate.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
Specifically, we must be able to cope with the normal attrition of TOs and RAs.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope