Etymology
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accretion (n.)

1610s, "act of growing by organic enlargement;" 1650s as "that which is formed by continued growth from without," from Latin accretionem (nominative accretio) "an increasing, a growing larger" (as of the waxing moon), noun of action from past-participle stem of accrescere "grow progressively, increase, become greater," from ad "to" (see ad-) + crescere "grow" (from PIE root *ker- (2) "to grow"). It goes with the verb accrue. Related: Accretional; accretionary.

Origin and meaning of accretion

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Definitions of accretion

accretion (n.)
an increase by natural growth or addition;
Synonyms: accumulation
accretion (n.)
something contributing to growth or increase;
the central city surrounded by recent accretions
he scraped away the accretions of paint
accretion (n.)
(astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases;
accretion (n.)
(biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles;
accretion (n.)
(geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment;
accretion (n.)
(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);
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