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English noun: accretion

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


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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