Definitions for: Detritus


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
detritus.

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.

Synonyms: debris, dust, junk, rubble

See Also: material, rubbish, stuff, trash

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