Definition of Debris

1. Noun. The remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up.

Exact synonyms: Detritus, Dust, Junk, Rubble
Generic synonyms: Rubbish, Scrap, Trash
Specialized synonyms: Slack
Derivative terms: Dust, Junk



Definition of Debris

1. Noun. Rubble, wreckage, scattered remains of something destroyed. ¹

2. Noun. Litter and discarded refuse. ¹

3. Noun. The ruins of a broken-down structure ¹

4. Noun. (geology) Large rock fragments left by a melting glacier etc. ¹

5. Noun. (alternative spelling of debris) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Debris

1. fragments or scattered remains [n DEBRIS]

Medical Definition of Debris

1. 1. Broken and detached fragments, taken collectively; especially, fragments detached from a rock or mountain, and piled up at the base. 2. Rubbish, especially such as results from the destruction of anything; remains; ruins. Origin: F, fr. Pref. De- (L. Dis) + briser to break, shatter; perh. Of Celtic origin. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Debris

debridement
debridements
debrides
debriding
debrief
debriefed
debriefer
debriefers
debriefing
debriefings
debriefs
debrine
debrined
debrines
debrining
debris (current term)
debris field
debris storm
debris surge
debrisoquin
debrisoquine
debrisoquine sulfate
debromination
debrominations
debruise
debruised
debruises
debruising
debs
debt

Literary usage of Debris

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Physiography by Rollin D. Salisbury (1907)
"Disposition of debris in transit. The larger part of the material carried by a glacier is carried in its basal portion; but some is carried in the body of ..."

2. The Great Ice Age and Its Relation to the Antiquity of Man by James Geikie (1894)
"WE have now discussed the character of the more or less incoherent accumulations of gravel, sand, silt, and angular debris, which, in many parts of Scotland ..."

3. Permafrost: North American Contribution [to The] Second International Conference by Building Research Advisory Board Staff (1973)
"Figure 3 shows that the basal debris-filled layer gets progressively exposed ... Initial ice ablation of this layer is rapid because debris-filled ice has a ..."

4. A Treatise on Rocks, Rock-weathering and Soils by George Perkins Merrill (1906)
"In most instances a very considerable proportion, in some instances all, of the debris is removed immediately, or soon after its formation, and deposited ..."

5. The Quarterly (1893)
"Scientists as well as historians have done effective work in ridding history of its debris. Scientific investigation has displaced many a lodgment of ..."

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