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Noun
Growth or increase by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter
“Sponges grow by accretion and therefore lack a fixed primary axis.”
Noun
A thing formed or added by gradual growth or increase
“Unfortunately it's weighted down with accretion upon accretion of utterly self-indulgent pomposity.”
Noun
A mass or quantity that has piled up or that has been gathered over a period of time
“… a thick accretion of ice in a freezer that obviously had not been cleaned for some time.”
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