- rock in small particles or other material worn or broken away from a mass, as by the action of water or glacial ice.
- any disintegrated material; debris.
Origin of detritus
Examples from the Web for detritus
Contemporary Examples of detritus
Perhaps Pappy fans are so insatiable that they even want the detritus of their favorite tot.The Cult of Pappy van Winkle
December 3, 2014
Her fantastical accumulations of detritus and throwaway goods can seem to pack more whimsy than wallop.America Swamped by Its Plenty
May 29, 2013
And then she came up with the idea of asking him to fiddle with his collection of detritus.Tacita Dean’s ‘Five Americans’ Captures a Quiet Brilliance
May 7, 2012
The artist is drinking beer, smoking and the detritus is building up around him.The Biennale's Best
Paul Laster, Bettina Von Hase
June 18, 2009
Amidst the detritus of old amplifiers, beaten up electric guitars and drum kits was a tatty white plastic bag.The Lost Madonna Tapes
October 20, 2008
Historical Examples of detritus
There is detritus enough in Glen Spean, but not where it is wanted.
By some unknown convulsion, this detritus had been heaped up.
Death is only real for all the detritus of the world, for all the sorrow, for all the injustice, for all the grief.The Octopus
The mouth of the Dranse, hard by, is a dreary collection of detritus.Lausanne
Francis Henry Gribble
The road was bad, for the whole country was full of detritus.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2)
- a loose mass of stones, silt, etc, worn away from rocks
- an accumulation of disintegrated material or debris
- the organic debris formed from the decay of organisms
Word Origin for detritus
1795, "process of erosion," from Latin detritus "a wearing away," from detri-, stem of detere "wear away" (see detriment). Geological sense of "matter produced by erosion" is 1802, probably from French detritus; incorrect, in any case.
- Loose matter resulting from the wearing away or disintegration of tissue or other material.
- Loose fragments, such as sand or gravel, that have been worn away from rock.
- Matter produced by the decay or disintegration of an organic substance.