accretion ac*cre"tion ([a^]k*kr[=e]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. accretio, fr. accrescere to increase. Cf. {Crescent}, {Increase}, {Accrue}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of increasing by natural growth; esp. the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as, an accretion of earth. [1913 Webster]

A mineral . . . augments not by growth, but by accretion. --Owen. [1913 Webster]

To strip off all the subordinate parts of his narrative as a later accretion. --Sir G. C. Lewis. [1913 Webster]

3. Concretion; coherence of separate particles; as, the accretion of particles so as to form a solid mass. [1913 Webster]

4. A growing together of parts naturally separate, as of the fingers or toes. --Dana. [1913 Webster]

5. (Law) (a) 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 soil from the sea or a river, or by a gradual recession of the water from the usual watermark. (b) Gain to an heir or legatee, by failure of a coheir to the same succession, or a co-legatee of the same thing, to take his share. --Wharton. Kent. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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

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