debris

noun de·bris \ də-ˈbrē , dā-ˈ , ˈdā-ˌ , British usually ˈde-(ˌ)brē \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018
plural debris play \-ˈbrēz, -ˌbrēz\
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 geology : an accumulation of fragments of rock
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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

DEBRIS Defined for English Language Learners

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


DEBRIS Defined for Kids

debris

noun de·bris \ də-ˈbrē \
plural debris \-ˈbrēz\
: the junk or pieces left from something broken down or destroyed

Medical Dictionary

debris

noun de·bris \ də-ˈbrē, dā-ˈ, ˈdā-ˌ, British usually ˈdeb-(ˌ)rē \
plural debris
: organic waste from dead or damaged tissue
  • a wound obscured by blood and debris
  • Emergency Medicine


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