Dictionary Results for accretion


1. accretion - noun

· an increase by natural growth or addition

Synonym(s): accumulation

Hypernym(s): increase, increment, growth




2. accretion - noun

· something contributing to growth or increase; "he scraped away the accretions of paint"; "the central city surrounded by recent accretions"

Hypernym(s): addition, increase, gain




3. accretion - noun

· (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases

Hypernym(s): increase, increment, growth




4. accretion - noun

· (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles

Hypernym(s): increase, increment, growth




5. accretion - noun

· (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment

Hypernym(s): increase, increment, growth




6. accretion - noun

· (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)

Hypernym(s): inheritance, heritage





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