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Accretion   /əkrˈiʃən/   Listen

An increase by natural growth or addition.  Synonym: accumulation.
Something contributing to growth or increase.  "The central city surrounded by recent accretions"
(astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases.
(biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles.
(geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment.
(law) an increase in a beneficiary's share in an estate (as when a co-beneficiary dies or fails to meet some condition or rejects the inheritance).

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"Accretion" Quotes from Famous Books

... of innumerable wild ducks. The City of Santo Domingo is situated on the west bank of the Ozama River, the mouth of which constitutes the city's harbor. Since the town was founded four centuries ago the width of the river here seems to have diminished by fully one-fourth owing to accretion along the shores. A bar across the entrance renders access impracticable for vessels drawing more than fifteen feet of water. This bar has given considerable trouble, for at times it has grown in such manner ...
— Santo Domingo - A Country With A Future • Otto Schoenrich

... and the two following days, the requested reinforcements, in number some 1,500 men of all arms, arrived. With this accretion of strength it was now possible to renew the offensive, and General French at once turned his attention to the capture of Grassy Hill (Suffolk Hill on map No. 16), which he had early marked as the key to the Boer stronghold. This height lay at the junction of the roads ...
— History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4) - Compiled by Direction of His Majesty's Government • Frederick Maurice

... then an obvious necessity; kings and princes vied with each other in raising them, and no one questioned their utility. They are now a mere luxury for ecclesiastically minded persons, built by slow accretion, and not by some huge single gift, to please the pride of a county or a city; and this in days when England is a thousandfold richer than she was. They are no longer a part of the essence of life; life has flowed away from their portals, and left them a beautiful ...
— The Upton Letters • Arthur Christopher Benson

Words linked to "Accretion" :   gain, biological science, accumulation, astronomy, jurisprudence, buildup, deposition, increment, accrete, uranology, increase, law, deposit, addition, geology, inheritance, accretionary, heritage, biology, growth, backup

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