Origin of accretion
Examples from the Web for accretion
The powerful forces of gravity and magnetism channel matter into huge flattened spinning platters known as accretion disks.
The direction of polarization for a quasar is determined by the accretion disk surrounding it.
Their gravitational pull can draw in huge amounts of gas, which swirls in a thick donut-shaped pattern known as an accretion disk.
The accretion of interest groups is not a uniquely American problem.
The more massive earth has in its development throughout time robbed the less massive moon in the gradual process of accretion.Astronomy|David Todd
Many formations are divided into separate strata, as though the process of accretion had been periodically interrupted.
Growth alone is the result of accretion, the accumulation of material, the amassing of stuff.The Vitality of 'Mormonism'|James E. Talmage
It's calcareous tufa I'm a-wearing, wove on me by exudation and accretion in the past two thousand years.Tales of the Chesapeake|George Alfred Townsend
The only difficulty in this accretion is to secure debtors that will not die.Usury|Calvin Elliott
British Dictionary definitions for accretion
- abnormal union or growing together of parts; adhesion
- a mass of foreign matter collected in a cavity
Word Origin for accretion
Word Origin and History for accretion
1610s, from Latin accretionem (nominative accretio) "an increasing, a growing larger" (e.g. of the waxing moon), noun of action from past participle stem of accrescere, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + crescere "grow" (see crescent).