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1. accretionary

marked or produced by accretion

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see synonyms of accretionary
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 accretionary
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

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see synonyms of accretionary
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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