• WordNet 3.6
    • v accrete grow or become attached by accretion "The story accreted emotion"
    • v accrete grow together (of plants and organs) "After many years the rose bushes grew together"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • accrete Characterized by accretion; made up; as, accrete matter.
    • accrete (Bot) Grown together.
    • accrete To adhere; to grow (to); to be added; -- with to.
    • accrete To grow together.
    • v. t accrete To make adhere; to add.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • accrete To grow by accretion; gather additions from without.
    • accrete To be added; adhere; become attached by a process of accretion.
    • accrete To cause to grow or unite.
    • accrete Grown together; formed by accretion; accreted.
    • accrete In biology, grown together: said of parts normally separate but naturally grafted. See accretion, 2.
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  • Walt Whitman
    “Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From L. accretus, p. p. of accrescere, to increase


In literature:

The one is a growth, the other an accretion.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
This, Prof. Deubner thinks, was a still later accretion.
"The Religious Experience of the Roman People" by W. Warde Fowler
It is worse than useless to waste time in dissecting the negative accretions of other people's beliefs.
"The Hidden Power" by Thomas Troward
All genuine pleasures should lead to more perfect health, a greater accretion of power, a continually expanding sense of life and service.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
The accretion of Lord Verschoyle made a great difference.
"Mummery" by Gilbert Cannan
These are modern accretions to the Soke of Horncastle, made in the early years of the 19th century.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
The wall of separation between them seemed to be thickening by silent accretion all the time.
"A Manifest Destiny" by Julia Magruder
With each accretion there is some change of particular individuality.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
The appearance greatly improved, and the accretion in seven years after thinning showed 160 per cent.
"Garden and Forest Weekly, Volume 1 No. 1, February 29, 1888" by Various
The dividends were held to be accretions to the capital, and the income only was payable to the daughter for life.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles

In news:

Underwater Building Through Mineral Accretion .
Minnesota patients gets payouts in Accretive settlement.
Minnesota report's findings send Accretive Health stock plunging.
Hospital client of Accretive found in violation of federal laws.
Obamacare Won't Eliminate Need For Bill Collectors Like Accretive Health.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson was able to get a settlement with medical bill collector Accretive Health.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson speaks July 30, 2012, about the state's lawsuit against Accretive Health.
SymphonyIRI Group, Andrew Appel , chief executive officer, CEO, president, John Freeland, executive vice chairman, Accretive Health, SymphonyIRI board, Aon, McKinsey & Co. Go back to archives.
Rahm's unfortunate Accretive arabesque .
Accretive Health Lawyer Claims Minnesota Acted in Bad Faith .
Astronomers detect a magnetic field deep inside a young star's accretion disk.
Hansen, upon reading the recent editorial on the Minnesota ban of bill collecting giant Accretive Health, I think we are looking through opposite ends of the same telescope.
"By acquiring the rights to the leading probiotics technology, we have entered a new, rapidly expanding category that creates accretive growth opportunities," Schiff Nutrition president and CEO Tarang Amin said.
Minnesota's Attorney General Lori Swanson has asked a federal judge to allow her case against Fairview Health System's former debt collector, Accretive, to move forward.
Accretive has water for project says VCMWD.

In science:

The transition accretion rate increases with increasing metallicity because the time to burn all the hydrogen decreases, allowing a pure helium layer to build up even at large accretion rates.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
In summary, there are several arguments against the heuristic picture that gave rise to the conjecture that black holes accrete vacuum energy, and our calculations above show that the only accretion is of the Gibbons-Hawking radiation.
Black Holes Must Die
The proposed scenario predicts that the total accreted mass due to the cooling flow is an order of magnitude lower than the mass accreted according to the “standard” cooling flow model (which assumes an undisturbed cooling flow for a time equal to the age of the cluster).
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
This model has the rather minimal requirements that (i) there be a population of single NSs able to accrete from the intracluster gas, and (ii) the ambient gas density and temperature lie in the right range to yield the requisite accretion luminosities.
Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion Model for Low-luminosity X-ray Sources in Globular Clusters
If the NS is moving supersonically through a gas, with speed v, then the BHL accretion luminosity is proportional to v-3 , implying that an uncertainty in the speed distribution is considerably amplified when computing the luminosity function of the accreting sources.
Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion Model for Low-luminosity X-ray Sources in Globular Clusters