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.
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
First Known Use: 1708
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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