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NounAttenuation (plural Attenuations)
- A gradual diminishing in the strength of something.
- (physics) A reduction in the level of some property with distance, especially the amplitude of a wave or the strength of a signal.
- (biology) A weakening in the virulence of a pathogen or other microorganism.
- (botany) The tapering of a leaf etc to a fine point.
- (engineering) A fabrication process in which a material is stretched out into a thin shape.
- (military) In mine warfare, the reduction in intensity of an influence as distance from the source increases.
- (military) In camouflage and concealment, the process of making an object or surface less conspicuous by reducing its contrast to the surroundings and/or background. Also called tone down.
- Decrease in intensity of a signal, beam, or wave as a result of absorption of energy and of scattering out of the path of a detector, but not including the reduction due to geometric spreading, i.e., the inverse square of distance effect.
From Latin attenuātiō (“a diminishing”)
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
A gradual diminishing in the strength
A reduction in the level of some property with distance