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See also: accrétion
- The act of increasing by natural growth; especially the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth.
- 1920, Edith Wharton, chapter IV, in The Age of Innocence, New York, N.Y.; London: D[aniel] Appleton and Company, OCLC 878563136:
- The immense accretion of flesh which had descended on her in middle life like a flood of lava on a doomed city had changed her from a plump active little woman with a neatly-turned foot and ankle into something as vast and august as a natural phenomenon.
- The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition.
- an accretion of earth
- A mineral augments not by growth, but by accretion.
- 1849 October 20, Nathaniel Parker Willis, “Death of Edgar Poe”, in Home Journal:
- Suddenly starting from a proposition, exactly and sharply defined, in terms of utmost simplicity and clearness, he rejected the forms of customary logic, and by a crystalline process of accretion, built up his ocular demonstrations in forms of gloomiest and ghastliest grandeur, […]
- 1855, George Cornewall Lewis, An Enquiry Into the Credibility of the Early Roman History
- To strip off all the subordinate parts of his as a later accretion
- 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London: James R[ipley] Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., […], OCLC 13623666:
- She had no fear of the shadows; her sole idea seemed to be to shun mankind—or rather that cold accretion called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.
- 2012 March 16, Edward Tenner, “Why Wikipedia's Fans Shouldn't Gloat”, in The Atlantic:
- Written by accretion rather than from a single author's interpretation Wikipedia has a neo-positivist mania for facts that devalues interpretation in depth, yet in matching Friedrich's review against Nabokov it also shows that it is far from neutral.
- 2018 April 26, Alexandra Witze, quoting Michiel Lambrechts, “Earth May Have Been Formed by a Bunch of Tiny Space Pebbles”, in The Atlantic:
- “In many ways, pebble accretion is the most efficient way of adding mass to a body,” says Lambrechts.
- 2018, Shoshana Zuboff, chapter 12, in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism:
- The systematic accretion of violence and complicity that engulfed whole populations at extreme velocity invoked a kind of bewilderment that ended in paralysis, even for many of the greatest minds of the twentieth century.
- Something added externally to promote the external growth of an item.
- (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- Concretion; coherence of separate particles.
- the accretion of particles to form a solid mass
- (biology) A growing together of parts naturally separate, as of the fingers or toes.
- (geology) The gradual increase of land by deposition of water-borne sediment.
- (law) 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.
- (law) 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 percentage.
act of increasing by natural growth
act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally
concretion; coherence of separate particles; as, the accretion of particles so as to form a solid mass