Debris in the road after a car crash.
An example of debris is broken glass left in the road after a car accident.
- rough, broken bits and pieces of stone, wood, glass, etc., as after destruction; rubble
- bits and pieces of rubbish; litter
- pl. -·bris′ a heap of rock fragments, as that deposited by a glacier
Origin of debrisFrench débris from Old French desbrisier, to break apart: see de- and bruise
- a. The scattered remains of something broken or destroyed; rubble or wreckage.b. Carelessly discarded refuse; litter.
- Geology An accumulation of relatively large rock fragments: glacial debris.
- Biology The fragmented remains of dead or damaged cells or tissue.
Origin of debrisFrench débris from Old French debrisier to break to pieces de- intensive pref. ; see de- . brisier to break ( from Vulgar Latin brīsāre to press grapes ) ( probably of Celtic origin )
Borrowing from French débris, itself from dé- (“de-”) + bris (“broken, crumbled”), or from Middle French debriser (“to break apart”), from Old French debrisier, itself from de- + brisier (“to break apart, shatter, bust”), from Frankish *brestan (“to break violently, shatter, bust”), from Proto-Germanic *brestaną (“to break, burst”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrest- (“to separate, burst”). Cogante with Old High German bristan (“to break asunder, burst”), Old English berstan (“to break, shatter, burst”). More at burst.