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attenuate
used in The War of the Worlds

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Definition
reduce in strength, amount, or size (especially in thickness)
  • Vertical black figures in twos and threes would advance, stop, watch, and advance again, spreading out as they did so in a thin irregular crescent that promised to enclose the pit in its attenuated horns.
    1.5 — Book 1 Chapter 5 — The Heat-Ray (30% in)
  • Its air is much more attenuated than ours, its oceans have shrunk until they cover but a third of its surface, and as its slow seasons change huge snowcaps gather and melt about either pole and periodically inundate its temperate zones.
    1.1 — Book 1 Chapter 1 — The Coming of the Martians (23% in)

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