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English noun: accretion

1. accretion (process) an increase by natural growth or addition


Synonymsaccumulation


Broader (hypernym)growth, increase, increment


Narrower (hyponym)backup, buildup, deposit, deposition

2. accretion (quantity) something contributing to growth or increase


SamplesHe scraped away the accretions of paint.
The central city surrounded by recent accretions.


Broader (hypernym)addition, gain, increase

3. accretion (process) (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases


Broader (hypernym)growth, increase, increment


Domain categoryastronomy, uranology

4. accretion (process) (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles


Broader (hypernym)growth, increase, increment


Domain categorybiological science, biology

5. accretion (process) (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment


Broader (hypernym)growth, increase, increment


Domain categorygeology

6. accretion (possession) (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)


Broader (hypernym)heritage, inheritance


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law









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