Definition of "débris" []

  • The scattered remains of something broken or destroyed; rubble or wreckage. (noun)
  • Carelessly discarded refuse; litter. (noun)
  • Geology An accumulation of relatively large rock fragments: glacial debris. (noun)
  • Biology The fragmented remains of dead or damaged cells or tissue. (noun)
  • Fragments or remnants of something destroyed or broken; rubble (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A collection of loose material derived from rocks, or an accumulation of animal or vegetable matter (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "débris" in a sentence
  • "Instead, he found Moreland inside, apparently dead, half-buried in debris from a direct bomb hit on the operations center."
  • "The flight dynamics folks stated that the debris is approximately 10 cm in size, 2.8 km in front of Atlantis, .15 km below and 3.9 km out of plane."
  • "So there wasn't enough time to do what they call a debris avoidance maneuver."