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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
accretion \ac*cre"tion\ ([a^]k*kr[=e]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. accretio,
fr. accrescere to increase. Cf. Crescent, Increase,
1. The act of increasing by natural growth; esp. the increase
of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts;
organic growth. --Arbuthnot.
2. The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an
accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as,
an accretion of earth.
A mineral . . . augments not by growth, but by
To strip off all the subordinate parts of his
narrative as a later accretion. --Sir G. C.
3. Concretion; coherence of separate particles; as, the
accretion of particles so as to form a solid mass.
4. A growing together of parts naturally separate, as of the
fingers or toes. --Dana.
(a) The adhering of property to something else, by which
the owner of one thing becomes possessed of a right to
another; generally, gain of land by the washing up of
sand or soil from the sea or a river, or by a gradual
recession of the water from the usual watermark.
(b) Gain to an heir or legatee, by failure of a coheir to
the same succession, or a co-legatee of the same
thing, to take his share. --Wharton. Kent.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: an increase by natural growth or addition [syn:
2: something contributing to growth or increase; "he scraped
away the accretions of paint"; "the central city surrounded
by recent accretions"
3: (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect
of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases
4: (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or
5: (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial
deposits or waterborne sediment
6: (law) an increase in a beneficiary's share in an estate (as
when a co-beneficiary dies or fails to meet some condition or
rejects the inheritance)
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
ACCRETION. The increase of land by the washing of the seas or rivers. Hale,
De Jure Maris, 14. Vide Alluvion; Avulsion.
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