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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One of them yielded images of plumes of smoke and detritus following the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980 — and a photo of a young couple flanking an older woman holding a baby.
The tidal wave had killed 11 people in Okuma; the 12th had not yet been found, and so there was an ugly mound of broken board, sheet metal, rags and other detritus on the beach where the bulldozers had gone corpse-hunting.
Near my home is a grass triangle of land that serves as a magnet for detritus.
Vintage WWII detritus is not unheard of on the island, which was used in the mid-1940s as an air-to-ground rocket range by air crews training at Rhode Island’s Quonset Point Naval Air Station.
Porcupine and Skunk try to cheer him up with gifts of detritus from around the woods and pond — an old shoe, a red and white fishing bob, some acorns.
The detritus of the missile war is on display at the Officers Club in Riyadh, where the Saudis hold military briefings.
The pop culture detritus from the era suggests Yarrow is on to something.
This happens, in nature, when fruit falls to the forest floor, and seeds spend the rest of winter covered in a bed of leaves and other woodland detritus.
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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.
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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