accretion

/əˈkriʃən / (say uh'kreeshuhn)

noun
1. an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition; growth in size or extent.
2. the result of this process.
3. an extraneous addition: the last part of the legend is a later accretion.
4. the growing together of separate parts into a single whole.
5. Law increase of property by gradual additions caused by acts of nature, as of land by alluvion.
6. Pathology
a. an abnormal growing together of separate parts.
b. a piling up or collection of substances; conglomeration.
{Latin accrētio}
accretive, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(by accession of parts), , / , / (of soil, as at the mouth of a river)


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