debris


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debris

, d?bris
a collection of loose material derived from rocks, or an accumulation of animal or vegetable matter

debris

[də′brē]
(geology)
Large fragments arising from disintegration of rocks and strata.
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I hastened to the aperture, and under the crustations of coral, covered with fungi, I recognised certain debris that the drags had not been able to tear up--iron stirrups, anchors, cannons, bullets, capstan fittings, the stem of a ship, all objects clearly proving the wreck of some vessel, and now carpeted with living flowers.
They installed themselves in the island, and constructed a smaller boat with the debris of the two large ones.
All about him was the debris of the feast, and he scented the smouldering odours of dying fires and burnt meat.
Many of the men had fallen with the bridge and were held down under the debris.
The girl cast a glance about the room filled with a chaotic mass of debris, and at the red, writhing body of her mother.
We have moved forward across his earthworks, across which we have so often vainly attempted to move before, through the debris of his abandoned camps, among the graves of his fallen, into the woods beyond.
There was an old shanty once in the gulch," Morgan resumed when the ruin wrought by my awkwardness had been repaired, "but just previously to my visit it had been blown down, or rather blown away, for its debris was scattered all about, the very floor being parted, plank from plank.
The debris had been a caribou calf an hour before, squawking and running and very much alive.
Often the streets were blocked by mountains of debris that compelled us to go around.
The roughness and unevenness of the ground suggested something of a great mass of debris hidden by the accumulation of centuries of undergrowth.
They may be traced up to a height of between 7000 and 9000 feet, where they become hidden by the irregular piles of debris.
On the other hand a wild chaos of boulders and debris made all advance impossible.