August 23, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
debris /dəˈbriː/ noun
debris
/dəˈbriː/
noun
A pile of debris at a construction site
A pile of debris at a construction site
Learner's definition of DEBRIS

[noncount]

1 : the pieces that are left after something has been destroyed

  • After the earthquake, rescuers began digging through the debris in search of survivors.

  • Everything was covered by dust and debris.

— sometimes used figuratively

  • She sifted through the debris of her broken marriage.

2 : things (such as broken pieces and old objects) that are lying where they fell or that have been left somewhere because they are not wanted

  • The crew cleaned up cigarette butts and other debris. [=trash, rubbish]

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