Definition of debris in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈbrē/
Pronunciation: /ˌdāˈbrē/


1Scattered pieces of waste or remains: the bomb hits it, showering debris from all sides clean away any collected dust or debris
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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.
detritus, refuse, rubbish, waste, litter, scrap, dross, chaff, flotsam and jetsam;
rubble, wreckage;
remains, scraps, dregs, trash, garbage, dreck, junk
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?


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

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Syllabification: de·bris

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