Examples of detritus in a Sentence
the detritus of ancient civilizations
As he packed, he sifted through the detritus of a failed relationship.
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In Dane Laffrey’s scenic design, this beach is strewn with detritus and wreckage.
Only the dead remained, buried under towering piles of broken concrete, twisted rebar and other detritus.
By Thursday, the government had started work with backhoes to clear away the detritus from what officials referred to as the zero zone.
The cleaner, which is a shotgun shell loaded with fiber, felt and a composite squeegee, is fired like any shell, but rather than leaving behind the usual detritus, it's designed to push the crud out the barrel, leaving the bore clean.
As their corpses rise into the air along with so much surrounding rubble, a giant statue swallows up a bit of detritus and explodes in a blinding light, leaving Reedus floating naked in a pool of water.
The capitalistic, small-business Free Democrats have come back up to 10 percent, just ahead of the Linke (the detritus of East German Communism) and the Greens.
Before the charred detritus was cleared away, residents were given an hour to pick through the rubble.
In that process of adoption, refinement, and sometimes creation, technology detritus is cast to the side.
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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.
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