Definition of Accretion in English :

Define Accretion in English

Accretion meaning in English

Meaning of Accretion in English

Pronunciation of Accretion in English

Accretion pronunciation in English

Pronounce Accretion in English


see synonyms of accretion


1. accretion, accumulation

an increase by natural growth or addition

2. accretion

something contributing to growth or increase

Example Sentences:
'he scraped away the accretions of paint'
'the central city surrounded by recent accretions'

3. accretion

(astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases

4. accretion

(biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles

5. accretion

(geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment

6. accretion

(law) an increase in a beneficiary's share in an estate (as when a co-beneficiary dies or fails to meet some condition or rejects the inheritance)

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of accretion
any gradual increase in size, as through growth or external addition
something added, esp extraneously, to cause growth or an increase in size
the growing together of normally separate plant or animal parts
4. pathology
abnormal union or growing together of parts; adhesion
a mass of foreign matter collected in a cavity
5. law
an increase in the share of a beneficiary in an estate, as when a co-beneficiary fails to take his or her share
6. astronomy
the process in which matter under the influence of gravity is attracted to and increases the mass of a celestial body. The matter usually forms an accretion disc around the accreting object
7. geology
the process in which a continent is enlarged by the tectonic movement and deformation of the earth's crust

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see synonyms of accretion
growth in size, esp. by addition or accumulation
a growing together of parts normally separate
accumulated matter
the accretion of earth on the shore
a part added separately; addition
a whole resulting from such growth or accumulation
6.  Law
the addition of soil to land by gradual, natural deposits

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of accretion
a. Growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion.
b. Something contributing to such growth or increase: "the accretions of paint that had buried the door's details like snow" (Christopher Andreae).
2. Biology The growing together or adherence of parts that are normally separate.
3. Geology
a. Slow addition to land by deposition of water-borne sediment.
b. An increase of land along the shores of a body of water, as by alluvial deposit.
4. Astronomy An increase in the mass of a celestial object by its gravitational capture of surrounding interstellar material.

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