What does debris mean?

Definitions for debrisdəˈbri, ˈdeɪ bri; esp. Brit. ˈdɛb ri

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word debris.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus(noun)

    the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up


  1. debris(Noun)

    Rubble, wreckage, scattered remains of something destroyed.

  2. debris(Noun)

    Litter and discarded refuse.

  3. debris(Noun)

    The ruins of a broken-down structure

  4. debris(Noun)

    Large rock fragments left by a melting glacier etc.

  5. Origin: From débris, itself from dé- + bris, or from debriser, from debrisier, itself from de- + brisier, of origin, from *, from brestanan, from bhrest-. Cogante with bristan, berstan. More at burst.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Debris(noun)

    broken and detached fragments, taken collectively; especially, fragments detached from a rock or mountain, and piled up at the base

  2. Debris(noun)

    rubbish, especially such as results from the destruction of anything; remains; ruins

  3. Origin: [F., fr. pref. d- (L. dis) + briser to break, shatter; perh. of Celtic origin.]


  1. Debris

    Debris or débris is rubble, wreckage, ruins, litter and discarded garbage/refuse/trash, scattered remains of something destroyed, discarded, or as in geology, large rock fragments left by a melting glacier etc. Depending on context, debris can refer to a number of different things.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Debris

    de-brē′, n.sing. and pl. rubbish: ruins: a mass of rocky fragments. [Fr., from briser, akin to bruise.]

Anagrams for debris »

  1. birdes, brides, rebids


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of debris in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of debris in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Djoko Murjatmodjo:

    The debris is red and white, we are checking if it's debris from the aircraft. It's probably from the body of the aircraft.

  2. John Cannon:

    A man was sitting inside at a small table by the windows of that outer wall where the car struck and he managed to escape with minor abrasions from flying glass and debris.

  3. Matt Kenseth:

    There's a debris caution and you can't find debris anywhere, of course, the leader always thinks that, I guess. But I didn't see any (debris) that caution or the next one, so that's always disappointing.

  4. Greg Waldron:

    The real key to finding out what, exactly, happened to MH370 is finding the debris field in the seas west of Australia ... Debris such as the flaperon can only increase our understanding of the last seconds of the flight.

  5. Harriet Beecher Stowe:

    Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserved; it is life's undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room, from which we go forth to more careful and guarded intercourse, leaving behind us much debris of cast-off and everyday clothing.

Images & Illustrations of debris

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Translations for debris

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • отпадъци, отломки, остатъци, развалиниBulgarian
  • sutiny, troskyCzech
  • Ruinen, Trümmer, Schutt, Ruine, GeröllGerman
  • συντρίμμιαGreek
  • ruboEsperanto
  • restos, ruinas, ñiqueñaque, escombros, ruina, basura, fragmentos glaciares, cachureo, morrenaSpanish
  • jätteet, jäänteet, pirstaleetFinnish
  • sprùilleachScottish Gaelic
  • मलबाHindi
  • törmelékHungarian
  • serpihan, puingIndonesian
  • eskombroIdo
  • maceriaItalian
  • 残骸Japanese
  • داروپه‌ردوKurdish
  • afval, wrakstukken, overblijfselen, puin, wrakhout, ruine, restanten, gletjserpuinDutch
  • moreia, destroços, morena, detritos, lixo, ruínasPortuguese
  • развалина, руина, мусор, лом, обломокRussian
  • enkaz, yıkıntıTurkish

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