What does Debris mean?

Definitions for Debris
dəˈbri, ˈdeɪ bri; esp. Brit. ˈdɛb ride·bris

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritusnoun

    the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up


  1. debrisnoun

    Rubble, wreckage, scattered remains of something destroyed.

  2. debrisnoun

    Litter and discarded refuse.

  3. debrisnoun

    The ruins of a broken-down structure

  4. debrisnoun

    Large rock fragments left by a melting glacier etc.

  5. Etymology: 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.


  1. debris

    Debris refers to scattered fragments, remains, or pieces of material that are left behind after something has been destroyed, deteriorated, or scattered. It often consists of various types of waste, rubble, or discarded items. Debris can be found in various contexts, such as natural disasters, construction sites, accidents, or any situation where material has been dislodged or broken apart.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Debrisnoun

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

  2. Debrisnoun

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

  3. Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. débris

    (Fr.). Remains, ruins of a building or town which has been sacked; broken remains of an army after defeat.

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  1. birdes

  2. brides

  3. rebids

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  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

Examples of Debris in a Sentence

  1. United States:

    Why not shoot Western Mindanao down ? We have to do the risk-reward here, so the first question is, does it pose a threat, a physical kinetic threat, to individuals in United States in the United States homeland ? Our assessment is it does not. Does it pose a threat to civilian aviation ? Our assessment is it does not. Does it pose a significantly enhanced threat on the intelligence side ? Our best assessment right now is that it does not. So given that profile, we assess the risk of downing it, even if the probability is low in a sparsely populated area of the debris falling and hurting someone or damaging property, that it was n’t worth it.

  2. Kyle Gesuelli:

    As gutters help the home to cope with heavy rain flow, they’re bound to accumulate debris throughout the year that can obstruct the flow of water and lead to overflowing.

  3. Assistant Town Manager Roxanne Robinson:

    They still don't expect any kind of catastrophic release of the slide, and the risk of any kind of rock fall or debris fall is very low.

  4. Mayor Eduardo Paes:

    The Olympics are also in a time that has very little rain, then this amount of debris that comes from five municipalities in the metropolitan region, with poor sanitation, is also controllable...I do not see as a problem for the Olympics.

  5. Paul Kuin:

    The Cow produced a large cloud of debris in a very short time, shredding a bigger star to produce a cloud like this would take a bigger black hole, result in a slower brightness increase and take longer for the debris to be consumed.

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    A dicotyledonous
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