attriteness, n.
/euh truyt"/, adj., v., attrited, attriting.
1. Also, attrited. worn by rubbing or attrition.
2. to make smaller by attrition.
[1615-25; < L attritus rubbed against, rubbed away, worn away (ptp. of atterere), equiv. to at- AT- + tri- (var. s. of terere to rub) + -tus ptp. suffix]

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