Complete Definition of "accretion"

English

Etymology
Latin accretio, from accrescere to increase. Compare crescent, increase, accrue

Pronunciation
IPA: WEAE /ÊËkɹi.ÊÉn/
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-iËÊÉn|-iËÊÉn

Noun
en-noun

  1. The act of increasing by natural growth; esp. the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth.
  2. The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as, an accretion of earth.

#:Quotations
#:*A mineral ... augments not by grown, but by accretion.
#:*To strip off all the subordinate parts of his as a later accretion - w:George Cornewall Lewis|George Cornewall Lewis

  1. concretion; coherence of separate particles; as, the accretion of particles so as to form a solid mass.
  2. A growing together of parts naturally separate, as of the fingers toes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Translations
act of increasing by natural growth
Danish: tilføjelse c
French: accrétion
German: Zunahme
Ido: naturala akumulo
Interlingua: accrescimento, augmento
Italian: accrescimento
Spanish: aumento, crecimiento

Related terms
accretion disk

References
Webster 1913

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