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Meaning of DETRITUS

Pronunciation:  di'trItus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  loose material (stone fragments and silt etc) that is worn away from rocks
  2. [n]  the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

DETRITUS is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: debris, dust, junk, rubble
 See Also: material, rubbish, stuff, trash



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*tri"tus\, n. [F. d['e]tritus, fr. L. detritus, p.
p. of deterere. See {Detriment}.]
1. (Geol.) A mass of substances worn off from solid bodies by
   attrition, and reduced to small portions; as, diluvial

Note: For large portions, the word d['e]bris is used.

2. Hence: Any fragments separated from the body to which they
   belonged; any product of disintegration.

         The mass of detritus of which modern languages are
         composed.                             --Farrar.

Biology Dictionary
  1. Undissolved organic or inorganic matter resulting from the decomposition of parent material.
  2. The mineral burden of a stream, ranging from the finest clays to the largest boulders.
 Definition: waste by-products from tool manufacture. Most frequently applied to chips and fragments resulting from stone flaking.
Thesaurus Terms
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