• WordNet 3.6
    • n detrition effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
    • n detrition the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
    • n detrition erosion by friction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Detrition A wearing off or away. "Phonograms which by process long-continued detrition have reached a step of extreme simplicity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n detrition A wearing off; the act of wearing away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Detrition a wearing away
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. detritio,. See Detriment
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—de, off, and terĕre, tritum, to rub.


In literature:

It does not go to increase the great body of detrital deposits.
"The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays" by J. (John) Joly
The margin of this new lake, acting upon the detrital matter, would form the second road.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The "Hole" has been made by the detrition and washing out of the shale and the fall of the overlying rock.
"The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts" by George W. Holley
But the chief marine accumulations are of detrital origin.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 6" by Various

In news:

A hearty band of Detrit artists are transforming their beleaguered city into a modern art masterpiece, one abandoned building at a time.

In science:

The progressive precipitation of colloidal particles containing magnetic components could have led to detrital remanent magnetism in the chimneys, thanks to the magnetic rock-field at the base of the mound, causing the physical alignment of the magnetic particles at the time of deposition.
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence