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. Joseph Reynolds:

    I could feel all the debris landing on top of me.

  2. Alfredo Murgueytio:

    There are likely more dead bodies under the debris.

  3. Gerrit Hausmann:

    Space debris removal could become our core business.

  4. Susumu Higuchi:

    All the mud and debris is making the clean-up effort difficult.

  5. Kenneth Phillips:

    That's when we dodged the debris to make it to the locker rooms.

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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