It is as though time, no longer running straight before us in a diminishing line, now runs parallel between us like a looping string, tie distance being the doubling accretion of the thread and not the interval between.
There are no more uses of "accretion" in the book.
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They passed into a slightly more overgrown stretch of road, the kind that existed between two commercial areas and that gradually, by accretion, would be eliminated by another strip mall or auto parts store.
Alice Sebold -- The Lovely Bones
"We both know the figure for storm accretion," Hawat said.