from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To lose (personnel, for example) by attrition.
- transitive v. To destroy or kill (troops, for example) by use of firepower: "Pro-active counterattacks are a useful way to attrit the enemy” ( John H. Cushman, Jr.)
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To wear down through attrition, especially mechanical attrition
- v. To engage in attrition; to quit or drop out
- v. To be reduced in quantity through attrition
- v. To lose, or to kill troops by attrition due to sustained firepower
Therefore, the verb 'attrit' can be modified in the following ways:
The classic example is the use of SAMs by the Egyptians and Syrians in the 1973 Yom Kippur war to attrit Israeli airpower and interfere with its ability to support the ground defensive fighting by the Israeli Army.
Take Malaya, take Borneo and attrit the US forces on the Philippines.
If you begin to take casualties among American troops in Iraq and Israeli and Saudi civilians, to what level to you have to escalate in order to attempt to attrit that capability?
Roger, this is pretty clear and I rebutted it: "...you need to look at the total numbers of middies entering his class and how they attrit out during the four years."
Alpha--to understand where and why McCain graduated in his class, you need to look at the total numbers of middies entering his class and how they attrit out during the four years.
We can start hiring nonsexistly, which over a long period of time as the old boys attrit will gradually even out the gender distribution, with the actual numbers looking sexist the whole way.
No charge will be as important as the charge that you conspired to devolve and dissolve our "outdated" ground forces; that you two conspired with Rummy and the top echelons of civilian and military of DOD did knowingly deploy ground forces and by following illegal orders, attrit those forces with all due speed in an illegal war.
One is to continue to attack the organization with solid police work so that we attrit it or reduce it over time, but the other thing, the most important thing is to not help him.
I mean -- if we actually enforce the law, especially against employers who are hiring people that are coming here illegally, you begin to attrit.