to grow together; adhere (usually followed by to).
to add, as by growth.
Botany. grown together.
It must run on at any rate for some years longer before it shall have accreted a convincing weight.
Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death Frederick W. H. Myers
We have the richest language that ever a people has accreted, and we use it as if it were the poorest.
The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
to grow or cause to grow together; be or become fused
to make or become bigger, as by addition
- Accretio cordis
accretio cordis accretio cordis ac·cre·ti·o cor·dis (ə-krē’shē-ō kôr’dĭs) n. Adhesion of the pericardium to adjacent structures outside the heart.
an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition; growth in size or extent. the result of this process. an added part; addition: The last part of the legend is a later accretion. the growing together of separate parts into a single whole. Law. increase of property by gradual natural additions, as of land […]
- Accretion disk
the rapidly spinning disk of gas that forms around the more compact component of a close binary star system as mass is transferred to the compact companion from the primary star. Contemporary Examples The direction of polarization for a quasar is determined by the accretion disk surrounding it. The Black Hole Tango Matthew R. Francis […]
- Accretionary growth
accretionary growth accretionary growth ac·cre·tion·ar·y growth (ə-krē’shə-něr’ē) n. Growth resulting from an increase of intercellular material.
- Accretionary wedge
noun (geology) a body of deformed sediments, wedge-shaped in two dimensions or prism-shaped in three dimensions, that has been scraped off the surface of the oceanic lithosphere as it moves downwards beneath a continent or island arc. The sediments are added to the continental edge