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Meaning of ACCRETION

Pronunciation:  u'kreeshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (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)
  2. [n]  an increase by natural growth or addition
  3. [n]  (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or water-borne sediment
  4. [n]  (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles
  5. [n]  (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases
  6. [n]  something contributing to growth or increase; "he scraped away the accretions of paint"; "the central city surrounded by recent accretions"

ACCRETION is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: accumulation
 See Also: addition, deposit, deposition, gain, growth, heritage, increase, increase, increment, inheritance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ac*cre"tion\, n. [L. accretio, fr. accrescere to
increase. Cf. {Crescent}, {Increase}, {Accrue}.]
1. The act of increasing by natural growth; esp. the increase
   of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts;
   organic growth. --Arbuthnot.

2. The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an
   accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as,
   an accretion of earth.

         A mineral . . . augments not by grown, but by
         accretion.                            --Owen.

         To strip off all the subordinate parts of his as a
         later accretion.                      --Sir G. C.

3. Concretion; coherence of separate particles; as, the
   accretion of particles so as to form a solid mass.

4. A growing together of parts naturally separate, as of the
   fingers toes. --Dana.

5. (Law)
   (a) The adhering of property to something else, by which
       the owner of one thing becomes possessed of a right to
       another; generally, gain of land by the washing up of
       sand or sail from the sea or a river, or by a gradual
       recession of the water from the usual watermark.
   (b) Gain to an heir or legatee, failure of a coheir to the
       same succession, or a co-legatee of the same thing, to
       take his share. --Wharton. Kent.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A gradual growth through accumulation of more units. For example, the collection of cells on a filter would be an accretion of the cells.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The increase or accumulation of land by natural causes, as out of a lake or river.
 Definition: growth by virtue of an increase in inter-cellular materials.