from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock.
- n. Disintegrated or eroded matter: the detritus of past civilizations.
- n. Accumulated material; debris: "Poems, engravings, press releases—he eagerly scrutinizes the detritus of fame” ( Carlin Romano).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. pieces of rock broken off by ice, glacier, or erosion.
- n. Organic waste material from decomposing dead plants or animals.
- n. debris or fragments of disintegrated material
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mass of substances worn off from solid bodies by attrition, and reduced to small portions.
- n. Hence: Any fragments separated from the body to which they belonged; any product of disintegration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geology, loose, uncompacted fragments of rock, either water-worn or angular.
- n. More comprehensively, any broken or comminuted, material worn away from a mass by attrition; any aggregate of loosened fragments or particles.
- n. In pathology, caseous or other disorganized material formed by the destruction of living tissue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. loose material (stone fragments and silt etc) that is worn away from rocks
- n. the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
An adept hand with a pair of chopsticks is amazingly useful when removing a bit of random detritus from the garbage disposal.
This wretched, self-serious, self-righteous, pointless bit of science fiction detritus is based on a short story universally acknowledged as a classic of the genre, "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Henry Kuttner and Katherine L. Moore.
If you collected all the detritus from a 25 megaton bomb after the explosion, you would only be missing one kilogram of mass, and an average sized city.
Heap up a big mound of duff and detritus from the forest floor, then excavate a pocket that is large enough to crawl into.
AK: I love what you've done in populating your landscape with bits of detritus from the Blake iconography, like the vines from "Holy Thursday."
It is an image of a sleek chrome bullet-train of genre dragging up dead leaves and detritus from the mainstream tracks as it rockets relentlessly forward.
"The dross overwhelms, the detritus is everywhere".
I’m suprised your desk gets buried in detritus, I thought you had Bunnies for that kind of thing.
They supply lagoons with large quantities of detritus, which is later used by fish and invertebrates as a source of food.
Many people wander around with many things, and its undeniably a definining feature of the city that many, many street corners are covered in detritus.