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accretion

ac·cre·tion

accretion

 
pronunciation:
kri shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the process of gradual increase or growth, esp. by additions from the outside.
The accretion of barnacles on the hull of a boat can affect its progress in the water.
synonyms:
accrual, accumulation, addition, augmentation, buildup, increase
similar words:
amplification, enlargement, expansion, extension, growth, increment
definition 2: the result of such a process.
synonyms:
accumulation, addition, increase
similar words:
accession, accrual, aggregate, enlargement, extension, increment
definition 3: the growing together of separate parts.
similar words:
agglutination, aggregation, coherence, consolidation, fusion
derivation: accretive (adj.)