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Debris definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DEBRIS, n. debree'. Fragments; rubbish; ruins; applied particularly to the fragments of rocks.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up [syn: debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural debris) Etymology: French débris, from Middle French, from debriser to break to pieces, from Old French debrisier, from de- + brisier to break, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish brisid he breaks; perhaps akin to Latin fricare to rub — more at friction Date: 1708 1. the remains of something broken down or destroyed 2. an accumulation of fragments of rock 3. something discarded ; rubbish

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 scattered fragments, esp. of something wrecked or destroyed. 2 Geol. an accumulation of loose material, e.g. from rocks or plants. Etymology: F débris f. obs. débriser break down (as DE-, briser break)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

D'ebris D['e]`bris", n. [F., fr. pref. d['e]- (L. dis) + briser to break, shatter; perh. of Celtic origin.] 1. (Geol.) 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Debris is pieces from something that has been destroyed or pieces of rubbish or unwanted material that are spread around. A number of people were killed by flying debris.

Moby Thesaurus

afterglow, afterimage, alluvion, alluvium, balance, breccia, butt, butt end, candle ends, chaff, clamjamfry, deposit, detritus, diluvium, dregs, drift, dross, dust, end, fag end, filings, fossil, garbage, grain, granule, granulet, gravel, grit, holdover, husks, junk, leavings, leftovers, litter, loess, lumber, moraine, odds and ends, offal, offscourings, orts, parings, raff, rags, refuse, relics, remainder, remains, remnant, residue, residuum, rest, riffraff, roach, rubbish, rubble, ruins, rump, sand, sawdust, scourings, scrap, scraps, scree, sediment, shadow, shavings, shingle, shoddy, silt, sinter, straw, stubble, stump, survival, sweepings, trace, trash, truck, vestige, waste


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