- Accretion is defined as the part of something that has been added.
An example of an accretion is the garage someone may build on his home.
- The definition of accretion is the state of having gone through extension or addition of length or overall size.
An example of accretion is a extra part of a fairy tale added over many years of re-telling.
- Accretion means an extension or addition of length or overall size.
An example of an accretion is when a highway is lengthened.
- growth in size, esp. by addition or accumulation
- a growing together of parts normally separate
- accumulated matter: the accretion of earth on the shore
- a part added separately; addition
- a whole resulting from such growth or accumulation
- Law the addition of soil to land by gradual, natural deposits
Origin of accretionClassical Latin accretio ; from accrescere, to increase ; from ad-, to + crescere, to grow: see crescent
- a. Growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion.b. Something contributing to such growth or increase: “the accretions of paint that had buried the door's details like snow” (Christopher Andreae).
- Biology The growing together or adherence of parts that are normally separate.
- Geology a. Slow addition to land by deposition of water-borne sediment.b. An increase of land along the shores of a body of water, as by alluvial deposit.
- Astronomy An increase in the mass of a celestial object by its gravitational capture of surrounding interstellar material.
Origin of accretionLatin accrētiō, accrētiōn-, from accrētus, past participle of accrēscere, to grow; see accrue.
- ac·cre′tion·ar′y , ac·cre′tive
- The act of increasing by natural growth; especially the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth.
- The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as, an accretion of earth.
- A mineral ... augments not by growth, but by accretion.
- To strip off all the subordinate parts of his as a later accretion - George Cornewall Lewis
- Something added externally to promote growth the external growth of an item.
- concretion; coherence of separate particles; as, the accretion of particles so as 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.
accretion - Legal Definition
- In property law, the gradual increase in land through natural processes; for example, the creation of land caused by the deposit of sediment on a shoreline of a river or ocean. The new land becomes the property of the owner of the property to which it is attached. See also alluvion, reliction, and avulsion.
- In succession law, the increase in an heir or legatee’s interest in property when a co-heir or co-legatee dies before the property vests, rejects his inheritance or legacy, fails to comply with a condition to be met before vesting, or otherwise becomes incapable of taking the property.