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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.
References in classic literature ?
The foundation of their airy castles lay already before them in the strip of rich alluvium on the river bank, where the North Fork, sharply curving round the base of Devil's Spur, had for centuries swept the detritus of gulch and canyon.
These plains are often of a desolate sterility; mere sandy wastes, formed of the detritus of the granite heights, destitute of trees and herbage, scorched by the ardent and reflected rays of the summer's sun, and in winter swept by chilling blasts from the snow-clad mountains.
In central Chile I was astonished at the structure of a vast mound of detritus, about 800 feet in height, crossing a valley of the Andes; and this I now feel convinced was a gigantic moraine, left far below any existing glacier.
At last we discovered some by looking close to the mountain, for at the distance even of a few hundred yards the streamlets were buried and entirely lost in the friable calcareous stone and loose detritus. I do not think Nature ever made a more solitary, desolate pile of rock; -- it well deserves its name of Hurtado , or separated.
The humic-fulvic complexes bound with mobile sesquioxides appear to have become predominant not only after the weathering of detritus but also later during the formation of the permanent forest floor and the biogenic sesquioxides belonging to its composition.
Until recently, it was believed that only exonic sequences were functional, and that the rest of the DNA was a sort of genetic detritus, consisting of useless code such as defective copies of genes, nonsensical repeats, and the remains of disabled retroviruses (potent viruses such as HIV that can insinuate their code into the DNA of their hosts).
Watching the paper, plastic, and other detritus of daily operations being put to good use, Skip Dunn, a volunteer who, twice a week, handles the daily passing of water pitchers to residents, pointed out another unrecognized wasteful habit.
The children also learned that vandalism, graffiti and their new word for the day - detritus - can have a major impact.
La situation est tres serieuse, fort inquietante, car les dechets qui sont entasses ici et la sont autant de facteurs d'insalubrite qui aujourd'hui exercent un impact negatif sur l'ensemble de la population de Casablanca, et comme on le sait, ces dechets, saletes et detritus, quand ils sont mal geres, entrainent une degradation du cadre de vie des populations et peuvent transformer l'environnement en un espace epidemiogene.
Eocene Nisai Formation and Oligocene Khojak Formation within the Pishin Belt were mainly providing the sedimentary/metasedimentary detritus.
It definitely isn't 'enjoyable' watching the show, but we do it with our own kind of compulsion, because we know or hope that, at the end of the viewing hour, we will be rewarded with new knowledge about how to make sure that we don't end up drowning in our own neurotic detritus!