ALL meanings of accretion

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  • countable noun accretion An accretion is an addition to something, usually one that has been added over a period of time. 3
  • uncountable noun accretion Accretion is the process of new layers or parts being added to something so that it increases in size. 3
  • noun accretion any gradual increase in size, as through growth or external addition 3
  • noun accretion something added, esp extraneously, to cause growth or an increase in size 3
  • noun accretion the growing together of normally separate plant or animal parts 3
  • noun accretion abnormal union or growing together of parts; adhesion 3
  • noun accretion a mass of foreign matter collected in a cavity 3
  • noun accretion an increase in the share of a beneficiary in an estate, as when a co-beneficiary fails to take his share 3
  • noun accretion 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 3
  • noun accretion the process in which a continent is enlarged by the tectonic movement and deformation of the earth's crust 3
  • noun accretion growth in size, esp. by addition or accumulation 3
  • noun accretion a growing together of parts normally separate 3
  • noun accretion accumulated matter 3
  • noun accretion a part added separately; addition 3
  • noun accretion a whole resulting from such growth or accumulation 3
  • noun accretion the addition of soil to land by gradual, natural deposits 3
  • noun accretion an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition; growth in size or extent. 1
  • noun accretion the result of this process. 1
  • noun accretion an added part; addition: The last part of the legend is a later accretion. 1
  • noun accretion the growing together of separate parts into a single whole. 1
  • noun accretion Law. increase of property by gradual natural additions, as of land by alluvion. 1
  • noun accretion The process of growth or increase, typically by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter. 1
  • noun accretion build-up 1
  • noun accretion process: accumulation 1
  • noun accretion growth, increase 1
  • noun accretion The act of increasing by natural growth; especially the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth. 0
  • noun accretion The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as, an accretion of earth. 0
  • noun accretion Something added externally to promote growth the external growth of an item. 0
  • noun accretion concretion; coherence of separate particles; as, the accretion of particles so as to form a solid mass. 0
  • noun accretion (biology) A growing together of parts naturally separate, as of the fingers or toes. 0
  • noun accretion (geology) The gradual increase of land by deposition of water-borne sediment. 0
  • noun accretion (law) The adhering of property to something else, by which the owner of one thing becomes possessed of a right to another; generally, gain of land by the washing up of sand or sail from the sea or a river, or by a gradual recession of the water from the usual watermark. 0
  • noun accretion (law) Gain to an heir or legatee; failure of a coheir to the same succession, or a co-legatee of the same thing, to take his share percentage. 0
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