Examples of detritus in a Sentence
the detritus of ancient civilizations
As he packed, he sifted through the detritus of a failed relationship.
Recent Examples of detritus from the Web
Since then, major environmental laws have helped clean up much of the vivid toxic detritus in the soil, air, and water in the US.
Mohammed Obeid has 16 heavy construction vehicles at his disposal to clear streets of detritus and eventually begin repairing water networks and electricity and sewage lines.
Rybczynski was right about this much: Transforming Philadelphia’s industrial detritus into safe public space is an expensive and time-consuming undertaking.
For Liam O’Donoghue, an Oakland resident for almost a decade, sifting through the detritus of past building booms is about learning how to counterbalance the economic forces that displace people.
The lacy delicacy of his incised lines is all the more poignant for the in-the-street scrappiness of the detritus in which it is embedded.
How else to explain Alan Gershwin’s encyclopedic knowledge of Gershwin lore and esoterica and a Manhattan apartment made uninhabitable by heaps of Gershwin detritus?
Next, if the shoes are heavily soiled, bang them over a trashcan or brush them off with a rag to dislodge dirt, grass, street detritus, etc.
Van Stone and others acknowledge many in Baltimore already do it without posting pictures of detritus on social media.
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How Do You Pronounce detritus?
After the first hard freeze of fall, gardens are sadly littered with the detritus of the summer's plants and produce: stalks, leaves, vines, rotted vegetables, and maybe even a hand trowel left behind. As the flooding Mississippi River retreats back to its ordinary course, it leaves detritus behind in its wake, debris gathered from everywhere by the raging waters. The detritus of civilization may include junkyards and abandoned buildings; mental detritus may include all kinds of useless trivia. Notice how this word is pronounced; for some reason, people often try to accent the first syllable rather than the second.
DETRITUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of detritus for English Language Learners
: the pieces that are left when something breaks, falls apart, is destroyed, etc.
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