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ac·cre·tion

 (ə-krē′shən)
n.
1.
a. Growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion.
b. Something contributing to such growth or increase: "the accretions of paint that had buried the door's details like snow" (Christopher Andreae).
2. Biology The growing together or adherence of parts that are normally separate.
3. Geology
a. Slow addition to land by deposition of water-borne sediment.
b. An increase of land along the shores of a body of water, as by alluvial deposit.
4. Astronomy An increase in the mass of a celestial object by its gravitational capture of surrounding interstellar material.

[Latin accrētiō, accrētiōn-, from accrētus, past participle of accrēscere, to grow; see accrue.]

ac·cre′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē), ac·cre′tive adj.

accretion

(əˈkriːʃən)
n
1. any gradual increase in size, as through growth or external addition
2. something added, esp extraneously, to cause growth or an increase in size
3. (Biology) the growing together of normally separate plant or animal parts
4. (Pathology) pathol
a. abnormal union or growing together of parts; adhesion
b. a mass of foreign matter collected in a cavity
5. (Law) law an increase in the share of a beneficiary in an estate, as when a co-beneficiary fails to take his share
6. (Astronomy) astronomy the process in which matter under the influence of gravity is attracted to and increases the mass of a celestial body. The matter usually forms an accretion disc around the accreting object
7. (Geological Science) geology the process in which a continent is enlarged by the tectonic movement and deformation of the earth's crust
[C17: from Latin accretiō increase, from accrēscere. See accrue]
acˈcretive, acˈcretionary adj

ac•cre•tion

(əˈkri ʃən)

n.
1. an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition.
2. the result of this process.
3. an added part.
4. the growing together of separate parts into a single whole.
5. Law. increase of property by gradual natural additions.
[1605–15; < Latin accrētiō=accrē-, variant s. of accrēscere to grow larger (ac- ac- + crēscere to grow) + -tiō -tion]
ac•cre′tive, ac•cre′tion•ar′y, adj.

Accretion

 the coherence of particles to create a solid mass.
Examples: accretions of age, 1853; of bad humours, 1653; of earth; of ice, 1853; of particles, 1794; of snow, 1853; of water, 1853; of casual writings [the Bible], 1866.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.accretion - an increase by natural growth or additionaccretion - an increase by natural growth or addition
backup - an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage; "a traffic backup on the main street"; "he discovered a backup in the toilet"
buildup - the result of the process of accumulation; "the buildup of leaves blocked the drain pipes"
deposition, deposit - the natural process of laying down a deposit of something
increment, growth, increase - a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"
2.accretion - something contributing to growth or increase; "he scraped away the accretions of paint"; "the central city surrounded by recent accretions"
gain, increase, addition - a quantity that is added; "there was an addition to property taxes this year"; "they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks"
3.accretion - (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gasesaccretion - (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
increment, growth, increase - a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"
4.accretion - (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particlesaccretion - (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
increment, growth, increase - a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"
5.accretion - (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sedimentaccretion - (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
increment, growth, increase - a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"
6.accretion - (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)accretion - (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)
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
inheritance, heritage - that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner

accretion

noun growth, increase, growing, development, addition, expansion, supplement, evolution, heightening, proliferation, accumulation, enlargement, increment, augmentation The larger the animal, the greater the accretion of poison in the fat.

accretion

noun
The result or product of building up:
Translations

accretion

[əˈkriːʃən] Naumento m, acrecentamiento m

accretion

[əˈkriːʃən] naccroissement m

accretion

n (process) → Anlagerung f; (= sth accumulated)Ablagerung f

accretion

[əˈkriːʃn] n (frm) (gen) (Law) → accrescimento

ac·cre·tion

n. aumento, acrecentamiento; acumulación.
References in classic literature ?
She had no fear of the shadows; her sole idea seemed to be to shun mankind--or rather that cold accretion called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.
The immense accretion of flesh which had descended on her in middle life like a flood of lava on a doomed city had changed her from a plump active little woman with a neatly-turned foot and ankle into something as vast and august as a natural phenomenon.
of pains and inconveniences, which grows by geometrical accretion.
The mass would be likely to remain nearly the same, assimilating constantly to itself its gradual accretions.
From the ears hung two-inch-long ear-rings, and at Sheldon's direction the Binu man rubbed away the accretions of smoke and dirt, and from under his fingers appeared the polished green of jade, the sheen of pearl, and the warm red of Oriental gold.
These fresh accretions of capital were immediately invested in other ventures.
Few women had tried more earnestly to pierce the accretions in which body and soul are enwrapped.
In any science other than psychology the datum is primarily a perception, in which only the sensational core is ultimately and theoretically a datum, though some such accretions as turn the sensation into a perception are practically unavoidable.
When ash is isolated from moose, annual accretion of shoot phytomass is 5 times more than in locations where ash is exposed to browsing; in leaves, phytomass is 10-12 times more than browsed ash.
One, the spatial gradients of football recruiting areas will conform to the distance accretion pattern.
Here what at first looks like a network of lines radiating from the main, off-center accretion of cross-hatching turns out to be microscriptural repetitions of the word "green.
Dynamics of accretion discs (problems of accretion to compact objects; axial-symmetric disc accretion; large-scale instabilities in accretion discs; non-axisymmetric disc accretion; waves in accretion discs; waves in accretion discs; developed turbulence in accretion discs).