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Noun accretion has 6 senses
  1. accretion, accumulation - an increase by natural growth or addition
    --1 is a kind of increase, increment, growth
    --1 has particulars: backup; buildup; deposition, deposit
    Derived form: verb accrete2
  2. accretion - something contributing to growth or increase; "he scraped away the accretions of paint"; "the central city surrounded by recent accretions"
    --2 is a kind of
    addition, increase, gain
  3. accretion - (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases
    --3 is a kind of
    increase, increment, growth
  4. accretion - (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles
    --4 is a kind of
    increase, increment, growth
    Derived form: verb accrete2
  5. accretion - (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or water-borne sediment
    --5 is a kind of
    increase, increment, growth
  6. accretion - (law) an increase in a beneficiary's share in an estate (as when a co-beneficiary dies or fails to meet some condition or rejects the inheritance)
    --6 is a kind of
    inheritance, heritage
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