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debris

Pronunciation: /dəˈbriː; ˈdebriː; ˈdeɪbriː/

Translation of debris in Spanish:

noun/nombre

uncountable/no numerable
  • 1.1 (rubble) escombros (masculine plural); (of plane, ship) restos (masculine plural); (rubbish) desechos (masculine plural) after the party they left me to clear up the debris [humorous/humorístico] me tocó limpiar a mí los despojos de la fiesta [humorous/humorístico]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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?
    1.2 [Geology/Geología] detritos (masculine plural)

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