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de·tri·tus

 (dĭ-trī′təs)
n. pl. detritus
1. Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock.
2. Disintegrated or eroded matter; debris: the detritus of past civilizations.

[French détritus, from Latin dētrītus, from past participle of dēterere, to lessen, wear away; see detriment.]

de·tri′tal (-trīt′l) adj.

detritus

(dɪˈtraɪtəs)
n
1. (Geological Science) a loose mass of stones, silt, etc, worn away from rocks
2. an accumulation of disintegrated material or debris
3. (Biology) the organic debris formed from the decay of organisms
[C18: from French détritus, from Latin dētrītus a rubbing away; see detriment]
deˈtrital adj

de•tri•tus

(dɪˈtraɪ təs)

n.
1. rock in small particles or other material worn or broken away from a mass, as by the action of water or glacial ice.
2. any disintegrated material; debris.
[1785–95; < French détritus < Latin: a rubbing away]
de•tri′tal, adj.

de·tri·tus

(dĭ-trī′təs)
Loose fragments, such as sand or gravel, that have been worn away from rock.

Detritus

 an accumulation of debris; any waste or disintegrated material. See also debris.
Examples: detritus of languages, 1851; of ruins, 1866; of loose stones, 1851; loose detritus of thought, 1849.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.detritus - the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken updetritus - the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
rubbish, trash, scrap - worthless material that is to be disposed of
slack - dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
2.detritus - loose material (stone fragments and silt etc) that is worn away from rocks
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"

detritus

noun debris, remains, waste, rubbish, fragments, litter burnt-out buildings, littered with the detritus of war
Translations

detritus

[dɪˈtraɪtəs] N (frm) → detrito(s) m(pl), detritus m

detritus

[dɪˈtraɪtəs] n (= rubbish) → détritus m

detritus

n (Geol) → Geröll nt; (fig)Müll m

detritus

[dɪˈtraɪtəs] n
a. (rubbish) → rifiuti mpl (fig) the detritus of societyi rifiuti della società
b. (Geol) → rocce fpl detritiche

de·tri·tus

n., pl. desechos.
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The Seydisehir Formation is followed by Mesozoic neritic carbonates and detritic units.
The area is not under the direct influence of the impact of the waves and has a beach with flat to slightly steep areas, with predominantly sandy-muddy and detritic bottoms (Sassi, 1991) (Figure 1).
We hypothesize that there was a limited uplift of this area, of no more than 200 to 300 m above sea level, otherwise the detritic succession at the base of the Jurassic succession would have been thicker, also considering the post-depositional compaction rate of conglomerates, sandstones and finer deposits (Kukal, 1990).
The slopes, of between 5[degrees] and 15[degrees], which cut through less solid detritic sediments generate active denudation phenomena, such as superficial erosion, torrential ravine formation and land-slides.
The soil description in the borehole logs show that the surface soil consists of quaternary materials composed of clay, gravel detritic formations of conglomerates and alluvial sands.
The organic carbon occurs in coastal aquatic ecosystems as part of the biomass, detritic (usually bioclastic) and in dissolved form (Pereira et al, 2006).
The result obtained, 12400 [+ or -] 400 after being corrected for the detritic thorium is 11400 [+ or -] 900, which corresponds to the late Upper Palaeolithic.
Their humus cover is classified as dry calci-mull, with a high concentration, but low stock of soil organic carbon in A horizon and biologically active unlayered detritic O horizon.
The distribution of meiofauna and its contribution to detritic pathways in tidal flats (Arcachon Bay, France).