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
French détritus, from Latin dētrītus, from past participle of dēterere, to lessen, wear away; see detriment.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin detritus ("the act of rubbing away"), from dēterō ("rub away"). (Wiktionary)