accretion - definitions and synonyms

accretion noun

  1. English Meaning: 

    : an increase by natural growth or addition


  2. English Meaning: 

    : something contributing to growth or increase

    Example Sentenses:

    • he scraped away the accretions of paint

    • the central city surrounded by recent accretions

  3. English Meaning: 

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

  4. English Meaning: 

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

  5. English Meaning: 

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

  6. English Meaning: 

    : (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)