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Definition 1: (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) - [noun denoting possession]

(accretion is a kind of ...) that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner

(accretion belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 2: an increase by natural growth or addition - [noun denoting process]

Synonyms for accretion in the sense of this definition

(accretion is a kind of ...) a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

"the increase in unemployment" "the growth of population"

(... is a kind of accretion ) an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage

"a traffic backup on the main street" "he discovered a backup in the toilet"

(... is a kind of accretion ) the result of the process of accumulation

"the buildup of leaves blocked the drain pipes"

(... is a kind of accretion ) the natural process of laying down a deposit of something

Definition 3: (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment - [noun denoting process]

(accretion is a kind of ...) a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

"the increase in unemployment" "the growth of population"

(accretion belongs to category ...) a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks

Definition 4: (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles - [noun denoting process]

(accretion is a kind of ...) a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

"the increase in unemployment" "the growth of population"

(accretion belongs to category ...) the science that studies living organisms

Definition 5: (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases - [noun denoting process]

(accretion is a kind of ...) a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

"the increase in unemployment" "the growth of population"

(accretion belongs to category ...) the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole

Definition 6: something contributing to growth or increase - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where accretion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he scraped away the accretions of paint
  • the central city surrounded by recent accretions

(accretion is a kind of ...) a quantity that is added

"there was an addition to property taxes this year" "they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks"

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