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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.
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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
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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.
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de·tri·tus

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

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

detritus

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

[dɪˈtraɪtəs] n (= rubbish) → détritus m
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detritus

n (Geol) → Geröll nt; (fig)Müll m
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detritus

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

n., pl. desechos.
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And because Goa has no garbage collection, the detrius of tourism--plastic bags, cans and bottles--is often simply dumped at sea.
The message here is that misrepresentation, paltering, and false arguments have no place in corporate discourse and the resulting detrius has harmed both the organization's reputation and its bottom line.