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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dé`bris"
  1. [Geol] Broken and detached fragments, taken collectively; especially, fragments detached from a rock or mountain, and piled up at the base.
  2. Rubbish, especially such as results from the destruction of anything; remains; ruins.

Etymology: F., fr. pref. dé-L. dis) + briser to break, shatter; perh. of Celtic origin

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  1. The remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

Borrowing from French débris, itself from dé- (“de-”) + bris (“broken, crumbled”), or from Middle French debriser (“to break apart”), from Old French debrisier, itself from de- + brisier (“to break apart, shatter, bust”), from Frankish *bristijan, *bristan, *brestan (“to break violently, shatter, bust”), from Proto-Germanic *brestaną (“to break, burst”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrest- (“to separate, burst”). Cognate with Old High German bristan (“to break asunder, burst”), Old English berstan (“to break, shatter, burst”). More at burst.

  1. Rubble, wreckage, scattered remains of something destroyed.
  2. Litter and discarded refuse.
  3. The ruins of a broken-down structure
  4. (geology) Large rock fragments left by a melting glacier etc.

Fun Facts about the name Debris

  • How unique is the name Debris? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Debris was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
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Past life for Debris born Aug 25, 1965

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Yugoslavia approximately on 1500. Your profession was dramatist, director, musician, and bard.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.