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debris

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noun de·bris \də-ˈbrē, dā-ˈ, ˈdā-ˌ, British usually ˈde-(ˌ)brē\

Simple Definition of debris

  • : the pieces that are left after something has been destroyed

  • : things (such as broken pieces and old objects) that are lying where they fell or that have been left somewhere because they are not wanted

Full Definition of debris

plural de·bris play \-ˈbrēz, -ˌbrēz\

  1. 1 :  the remains of something broken down or destroyed

  2. 2 :  an accumulation of fragments of rock

  3. 3 :  something discarded :  rubbish

Examples of debris

  1. After the earthquake, rescuers began digging through the debris in search of survivors.

  2. Everything was covered by dust and debris.



Origin of debris

French débris, from Middle French, from debriser to break to pieces, from Old French debrisier, from de- + brisier to break, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish brisid he breaks; perhaps akin to Latin fricare to rub — more at friction


First Known Use: 1708

Rhymes with debris

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DEBRIS Defined for Kids

debris

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noun de·bris \də-ˈbrē\

Definition of debris

plural de·bris \-ˈbrēz\

  1. :  the junk or pieces left from something broken down or destroyed




Medical Dictionary

noun de·bris \də-ˈbrē, dā-ˈ, ˈdā-ˌ, British usually ˈdeb-(ˌ)rē\

Medical Definition of debris

plural debris

  1. :  organic waste from dead or damaged tissue <a wound obscured by blood and debrisEmergency Medicine>





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