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Definition of Accretion

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expansion or increase due to gradual build-up or additions; growth, increase in size; added part, addition; growing together or joining of separate parts
Accretion Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(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.)
The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as, an accretion of earth.
  
(n.)
The act of increasing by natural growth; esp. the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth.
  
(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.
  
(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.
  
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accretion
\ac*cre"tion\ (&?;), n. [l. accretio, fr. accrescere to increase. cf. crescent, increase, accrue.]
1. the act of increasing by natural growth; esp. the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth.
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 grown, but by accretion. to strip off all the subordinate parts of his as a later accretion. g. c. lewis.
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 toes.
5. (law) (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 sail 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, failure of a coheir to the same succession, or a co-legatee of the same thing, to take his share. kent.

WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. an increase by natural growth or addition
(synonym) accumulation
(hypernym) increase, increment, growth
(hyponym) backup
(derivation) accrete
2. something contributing to growth or increase; "he scraped away the accretions of paint"; "the central city surrounded by recent accretions"
(hypernym) addition, increase, gain
3. (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases
(hypernym) increase, increment, growth
(classification) astronomy, uranology
4. (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles
(hypernym) increase, increment, growth
(derivation) accrete
(classification) biology, biological science
5. (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or water-borne sediment
(hypernym) increase, increment, growth
(classification) geology
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)
(hypernym) inheritance, heritage
(classification) law, jurisprudence
Accretion Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Campbell R. Harvey's Hypertextual Finance Glossary
In portfolio accounting, a straight-line accumulation of capital gains  on a discount bond in anticipation of receipt of par at maturity.
Copyright © 2000, Campbell R. Harvey. All Rights Reserved.
Dictionary of Real Estate Terms
The buildup of land from natural forces such as wind or water.
Raynet Business & Marketing Glossary
asset growth, by internal expansion or acquisition.
Copyright © 2001, Ray Wright
Accretion Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Astronomy and Physics Terms by ExploreSpace.com
Accumulation of dust and gas into larger bodies.
Accretion Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Accretion may refer to:

Science
  • Accretion (astrophysics), the formation of planets and other bodies by collection of material through gravity
  • Accretion (atmosphere), the process by which water vapor in clouds forms water droplets around nucleation sites
  • Accretion (coastal management), the process where coastal sediments return to the visible portion of the beach following storm erosion
  • Accretion (geology), the increase in size of a tectonic plate by addition of material along a convergent boundary
  • Accretionary wedge
  • Accretion (meteorology), the process by which a larger hydro-meteor grows by collecting smaller ones lying in its path as it falls through a cloud.

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Accretion Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
Duhaime.org Legal Dictionary
The imperceptible and gradual addition to land by the slow action of water. - (read more on Accretion)
  
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Accretion Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
The slow addition to land by deposition of water-borne sediment. An increase in land along the shores of a body of water, as by Alluvial deposit. Accretion and alluvion are often used synonymously.
Accretion Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
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Accretion Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webart Magic Astronomical Glossary
The gradual accumulation of mass; usually refers to the building up of larger masses from stellar ones through the mutual gravitational attraction of matter.
Accretion Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
noun
growth of a substance which sticks to an object; an accretion of calcium round the joint