detritus definition

  • noun:
    • Loose fragments or grains that have been used far from stone.
    • Disintegrated or eroded matter: the detritus of past civilizations.
    • Accumulated product; debris: "Poems, engravings, hit releases—he excitedly scrutinizes the detritus of fame” ( Carlin Romano).
    • bits of rock broken off by ice, glacier, or erosion.
    • natural waste materials from decomposing dead plants or animals.
    • debris or fragments of disintegrated product
    • A mass of substances worn off from solid figures by attrition, and paid down to little portions.
    • For this reason: Any fragments divided through the body that they belonged; any product of disintegration.
    • In geology, loose, uncompacted fragments of rock, either water-worn or angular.
    • much more comprehensively, any broken or comminuted, product worn far from a mass by attrition; any aggregate of loosened fragments or particles.
    • In pathology, caseous or any other disorganized product formed because of the destruction of living structure.
    • free product (rock fragments and silt etc) that is worn away from stones
    • the keeps of something that was destroyed or split up

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