Definition of debris noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdebriː//
    , BrE//ˈdeɪbriː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dəˈbriː//
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  1. 1pieces of wood, metal, brick, etc. that are left after something has been destroyed Emergency teams are still clearing the debris from the plane crash. Several people were injured by flying debris in the explosion.
  2. 2(formal) rubbish/garbage or pieces of material that are left somewhere and are not wanted Clear away leaves and other garden debris from the pond. the debris of their lunch
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from French débris, from obsolete débriser ‘break down’.Extra examples Debris from the explosion was flying all over the place. Debris rained down around them. Police have spent the day sifting through the debris for clues. Remember to clear the drain of debris regularly. She found a pair of children’s shoes among the debris. She was hit on the head by flying debris. Teams of people are working to clear the debris. The tank exploded, scattering debris all over the field. These worms feed on plant debris. A man of 76 was fatally injured by flying debris. Brush off loose debris with a clean dry cloth.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: debris