debris

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

Definition of debris

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debris

play \-ˈbrēz, -ˌbrēz\
  1. 1 :  the remains of something broken down or destroyed <digging through the storm's debris in search of survivors> <sifted through the debris of her broken marriage>

  2. 2 geology :  an accumulation of fragments of rock

  3. 3 :  something discarded :  rubbish <picking up debris after the parade>

Examples of debris in a sentence

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

  2. Everything was covered by dust and debris.

Origin and Etymology of debris

French débris, from Medieval 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


DEBRIS Defined for English Language Learners

debris

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

Definition of debris for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DEBRIS Defined for Kids

debris

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noun de·bris \də-ˈbrē\

Definition of debris for Students

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debris

\-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

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debris

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



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