Definition of ACCRETION

noun : ACCRETION

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 2. (

    ) something contributing to growth or increase; "he scraped away the accretions of paint"; "the central city surrounded by recent accretions" ;

  • 3. (

    ) (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases ;

  • 4. (

    ) (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles ;

  • 5. (

    ) (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment ;

  • 6. (

    ) (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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