Definition of debris in English:


Syllabification: de·bris
Pronunciation: /dəˈbrē, ˌdā-


  • 1Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed: the bomb hits it, showering debris from all sides
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    • The plane came down about 100 yards from a row of terrace houses, showering some gardens with debris.
    • Fire services and Gardai also attended the scene of the crash and debris was scattered over both sides of the road.
    • Some of the bodies remained under debris as rescue workers cleared rubble.
  • 1.1Loose natural material consisting especially of broken pieces of rock: a stable arrangement of planets, comets, and debris orbiting the sun
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    • As the ice moves it can erode or excavate large quantities of the rock and unconsolidated debris on which it rests.
    • Turbulent tides have churned up the sea bed, disturbing rocks and natural debris such as drift wood.
    • Why then was there so little accumulation of sedimentary rock and debris on the ocean floor?
  • 1.2Dirt or refuse: clean away any collected dust or debris
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    • Bulging bin-liners lined the walls, and debris and dirt were so thick on the floor that it was virtually invisible.
    • The funds have provided a supply of sturdy refuse bags to collect the debris, as well as litter pickers for everyone taking part.
    • I have to gather up all the debris in the house and squeeze just one more bag of trash into our bin.


early 18th century: from French débris, from obsolete débriser 'break down'.

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