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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. 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.

  2. Carl Melford:

    After a fire, depending on the intensity of the burn, it causes the soil to be hydrophobic. The majority of this burn was a moderate severity burn, so that does cause hydrophobic soil and then also after the fire, there's a lot of debris and that tends to be a lot of the problem when that's moving downstream.

  3. Gerrit Hausmann:

    Space debris removal could become our core business.

  4. Alan Cominsky:

    The debris field is scattered throughout, and it’s compact, extremely compact.

  5. Douglas Kratt:

    The Fourth has some other risks for our pets, such as an abundance of unhealthy and accessible foods at parties, dangerous summer heat, and dangerous debris on the ground following fireworks displays.

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    the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
    A elation
    B canopy
    C serendipity
    D whitewash

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