Adjective "accreting" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Grow by accumulation or coalescence.
  1. 'Sure, great poets steal, but this poet accretes.'
  2. 'Relationships between countries slowly accrete over years and there is always more to be done to strengthen them further and to build bridges to new friendships.'
  3. 'The slab of crust containing the deposit and its assemblage of vent fossils was then translated northeastwards on the Farallon Plate and accreted to its present location.'
  4. 'When the arcs accreted to the continental margin, the Main Uralian Thrust and Deevo Thrust were active simultaneously, probably causing uplift of the arc material between them.'
  5. 'In the case of the Inquiry, and of law in general, there are a set of formal rules which have accreted and grown massive over time with precisely the aim of locking down literal meaning.'
  6. 'One process is accretion under water - ‘the idea that grains on the sea floor or in living water roll around and sometimes they accrete or grow by adding layers of material,’ explained McSween.'
  7. 'With Abba, we were dealing with emotions that had simmered and accreted for years.'
  8. 'The commonly quoted ‘spreading rate’ is the rate at which a single plate accretes - for symmetrical spreading it is half the divergence rate.'
  9. 'Online, audiences or communities don't necessarily build so much as grow or accrete.'
  10. 'The land owner sought not only compensation for the land expropriated as comprised within his deed, but also for a parcel of land that had accreted to his land by the actions of the river.'
  11. 'the collection of art he had accreted was to be sold'
  12. 'Negotiating context shifts over time proves to be the most difficult, socially and even legally, to let resources accrete value.'
  13. 'Batman is a thought form dreamt up by Bob Kane, which has accreted beliefs and views over the decades to become the Batman we know today, independent of the original.'
  14. 'Music does not accrete weight because it's dark in tone and subject.'
  15. 'From prose through haiku-like passages, prime lyric moments, epic adventures and noir scenes, to what seem to be autobiographical insights, the volume accretes a sense of absurd fullness of vision.'
  16. 'An unassuming but apparently magical dry-erase board accretes a roster of chores throughout the week.'
  17. 'They were probably accreted late in the Cretaceous.'
  18. 'But given the precedents that have accreted over the last several decades, precedents that the Court is unlikely to sweep away, it seems to me that the equal treatment view is on balance the best outcome we can get today.'
  19. 'We are reverting to the civilization of luggage, and historians of the future will note how the middle classes accrete possessions without taking root in the earth, and may find in this the secret of their imaginative poverty.'
  20. 'They are also surrounded by a reservoir of fuel which allows them to accrete material right up to the Eddington Limit.'
  21. 'As the monster travelled and mutated, it also accreted ever more complex layers of meaning.'
  22. 'Matter accretes into forms while the energy contained in those forms seeks to be released, either to build other structures or to dissipate into the heat of entropy.'
  23. 'The other moons probably accreted within the nebula in which Saturn itself formed.'
  24. 'Planet cores and terrestrial rocky planets would accrete from the planetesimals.'
  25. 'When the giant Jupiter was formed 4.6 billion years ago, its enormous gravity cleared the region around it from most of the rocky debris that would normally accrete to form a planet.'
  26. 'Theory predicts that these disks accrete onto the holes because of friction.'

More definitions

1. to grow together; adhere (usually followed by to). verb (used with object), accreted, accreting.

2. to add, as by growth. adjective

3. Botany. grown together.

More examples(as adjective)

"subcriticallies can be accreting."


(accrete)Late 18th century: from Latin accret- ‘grown’, from the verb accrescere, from ad- ‘to’ + crescere ‘grow’.