Definition of debris
debrisplay \-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
After the earthquake, rescuers began digging through the debris in search of survivors.
Everything was covered by dust and debris.
Recent Examples of debris from the Web
The weather has begun to clear, and many of the more than 100,000 people who evacuated over the weekend had returned home to begin clearing debris and mud from their waterlogged homes.
The announcement came on the May 30 anniversary of the day in 2002 when clearing of debris and intensive search for victims’ remains ceased, Memorial and Museum officials said in a news release.
The two cities worked together last year to clean up trash and debris on both sides of Clay Street, their joint boundary line.
Debris remained on the ground for several days, and the village closed Monroe Avenue and one lane of North Avenue while an investigation was launched.
Families living in the camps said the toxic debris caused fatal lead poisoning and disabilities in young children.
The report said traces of chemicals commonly used in Islamic State explosives, including pentaerythritol tetranitrate and nitroglycerin, were found in the debris.
Last year, bricks and debris began falling off the building and onto the sidewalk below.
This initial mowing will collect debris buildup and remove dead blades.
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Origin and Etymology of debris
DEBRIS Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of debris for Students
: the junk or pieces left from something broken down or destroyed
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