Noun Accretion Definition and Examples







Growth or increase by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter.
  1. figurative 'the growing accretion of central government authority'
  2. 'He has some (very large) movie files, along with selected stills of the formation of a ‘lunar seed’ through the rapid growth and accretion of particles.'
  3. 'A quiet work that slowly gathers momentum through accretion of personalities and individual histories, Homestead is the story of a small valley in Austria between 1906 and 1977.'
  4. 'Sponges grow by accretion and therefore lack a fixed primary axis.'
  5. 'The individual crystal grains that comprise these rocks have grown by molecular accretion, and the resultant interlocking structure is commonly extremely strong when the crystals are randomly orientated.'
  6. 'The interior appears to have grown organically over time by a process of accretion similar to the formation of mould.'
  7. 'The list of international crimes, that is of the acts for whose accomplishment international law makes the authors criminally responsible, has come into being by gradual accretion.'
  8. 'A sample curve would probably be organised in a series of steps - with gradual accretion of insight being the normal, but with occasional significant massive leaps also occurring.'
  9. 'Usually when one talks about a Darwinian explanation for something, the intention is to explain how the prolonged action of natural selection led to the formation of a complex structure through a process of gradual accretion.'
  10. 'His auspicious debut might have given him the leverage to realize some of his grander plans, but the Simon Fraser film grad says his films have grown by steady accretion of ideas and details, rather than an overarching scheme.'
  11. 'That bone grows through accretion, and is not extensively remodeled as the animal matures.'
  12. 'Beyond these accretions and intentional change, the space, the vistas, the juxtapositions and potential paths generated by the new building are probably the greatest difference.'
  13. 'The desert ends with a steeply shelving cliff against the ocean, where layers of alluvial accretion are exposed like a lesson in geological stratification.'
  14. 'Her paintings become accretions, spiritual and physical.'
  15. 'Painted in 1520 on thin wood which is now badly warped, it will require delicate and major surgery over the next few months to remove the accretions of time, coal dust and candle smoke.'
  16. 'Unfortunately it's weighted down with accretion upon accretion of utterly self-indulgent pomposity.'
  17. 'Once this was done, and the buildings cleared of unnecessary accretions, the architect was left with an enormous double-height volume, requiring a new first floor, and a smaller vaulted one with a chamber above.'
  18. 'Those involved in the reform after Vatican II would have seen themselves preserving the basic core of the Roman rite, as they pruned back some of the historical accretions that kept that core from shining through.'
  19. 'In these pieces, which suggest, among other possibilities, Aztec or Mayan reliefs, Toledo inscribed fine traceries of animal figures on caked, mortarlike accretions of sand and pigment.'
  20. 'This has the added bonus of dissolving those crusty accretions that make one's toothpaste tube a complete social disgrace.'
  21. 'All she was doing was peeling away some of the years of socialist accretions.'
  22. 'during the later stages of accretion the outer 100 km or so of the Moon melted'
  23. 'The idea of planetary accretion from cold matter was subsequently to be developed by several other geologists and cosmologists.'
  24. 'Before the Apollo samples became available, many planetary scientists had favored an early, intense bombardment associated with the late stages in the accretion of the planets.'
  25. 'Of course, anybody familiar with the way that planets are formed by the gradual accretion of matter in orbit around a star will be aware that this couldn't happen.'
  26. 'The theory of core accretion supposes the collisional accumulation of solid bodies, the process that is universally accepted as the formation mechanism of the terrestrial planets.'
  27. 'All the planets should have started warm, when gravitational energy was transformed into heat during planetary accretion.'
  28. 'We are told that the earth formed by accretion of cosmic dust billions of years ago.'
  29. 'In yet another scenario, the so-called binary planet, or co-accretion, hypothesis, the Earth and the Moon all formed at the same time by the accretion of small bodies.'
  30. 'The usual model for these events is that a white dwarf star is gaining mass by accretion from a companion.'
  31. 'We also need to know which clusters have experienced a recent substantial gravitational accretion of mass, and which clusters are in a stage of collision and merging.'
  32. 'As the pulsar picks up speed through accretion, any slight distortion in the star's dense, half-mile-thick crust of crystalline metal will allow the pulsar to radiate gravitational waves.'
((n.) The act of increasing by natural growth; esp. the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth.|--|(n.) The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as, an accretion of earth.|--|(n.) Concretion; coherence of separate particles; as, the accretion of particles so as to form a solid mass.|--|(n.) A growing together of parts naturally separate, as of the fingers toes.|--|(n.) 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 sail from the sea or a river, or by a gradual recession of the water from the usual watermark.|--|(n.) Gain to an heir or legatee, failure of a coheir to the same succession, or a co-legatee of the same thing, to take his share.|--|)


1. an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition; growth in size or extent.

2. the result of this process.

3. an added part; addition: The last part of the legend is a later accretion.

4. the growing together of separate parts into a single whole.

5. Law. increase of property by gradual natural additions, as of land by alluvion.


"There can be accretion rates."
"There can be accretion processes."
"There can be accretion disks."
"There can be accretion phases."
"There can be accretion flows."
"There can be accretion figures."
"There can be accretion expenses."
"There can be accretion concepts."
"powers can be accreted."
"accretions can be to earningses."
"accretions can be to reserves."
"accretions can be onto holes."
"percents can be accreted."
"accretions can be to values."
"accretions can be on stocks."
"sands can be accreted."
"moons can be accreted."
"fragments can be accreted."
"details can be accreted."
"accretions can be from organizations."

Early 17th century: from Latin accretio(n-), from accrescere ‘become larger’ (see accrete).

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