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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)

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.

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."
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