[duh-bree, dey-bree or, esp. British, deb-ree]
the remains of anything broken down or destroyed; ruins; rubble: the debris of buildings after an air raid.
Geology. an accumulation of loose fragments of rock.
Origin of debris
Synonyms for debris
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Related Words for debrisesjunk, trash, wreck, remains, rubble, rubbish, wreckage, detritus, refuse, crap, garbage, ruins, riffraff, dross, offal, dregs, pieces
fragments or remnants of something destroyed or broken; rubble
a collection of loose material derived from rocks, or an accumulation of animal or vegetable matter
Word Origin for debris
C18: from French, from obsolete debrisier to break into pieces, from bruisier to shatter, of Celtic origin
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1708, from French débris "remains, waste, rubbish" (16c.), from obsolete debriser "break down, crush," from Old French de- (see de-) + briser "to break," from Late Latin brisare, possibly of Gaulish origin (cf. Old Irish brissim "I break").
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