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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He tried to get on to Vanikoro, where, according to the Lascar, he would find numerous debris of the wreck, but winds and tides prevented him.
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.
I have a dim memory of the foot of a Martian coming down within a score of yards of my head, driving straight into the loose gravel, whirling it this way and that and lifting again; of a long suspense, and then of the four carry- ing the debris of their comrade between them, now clear and then presently faint through a veil of smoke, receding interminably, as it seemed to me, across a vast space of river and meadow.
"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.
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.
A tide of waifs, strays, and malcontents of old camps along the river began to set towards Devil's Ford, in very much the same fashion as the debris, drift, and alluvium had been carried down in bygone days and cast upon its banks.
He was moving swiftly back and forth among the debris of his furniture, now and then staving chance fragments of it across the room with his foot; grinding a constant grist of curses through his set teeth; and halting every little while to deposit another handful of his hair on the pile which he had been building of it on the table.
Korea is moving to develop technologies to remove space debris in Earth's orbit, joining international efforts to deal with the potential danger to orbital vehicles with humans aboard.
is pleased to announces its new line of highly durable Debris Lifting Tarps that are used to help accelerate the removal of debris resulting from hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes and catastrophic storms that often leave significant damage to critical infrastructure and homes in their wake.