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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
  growth by addition — especially naturally and gradually
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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.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • 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.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • If its process of accretion is never halted, if the balancing stage is never reached, there will be no toppling.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie

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  • I was sure that mine about Everest was not mine alone; the highest point on earth, unattainable, foreign to all experience, was there for many boys and grown men to aspire toward, Thomas F Hornbein Everest: The West Ridge The actual particulars of the event are unclear, obscured by the accretion of myth.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • She had no fear of the shadows; her sole idea seemed to be to shun mankind—or rather that cold accretion called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • In other words, was there some original master story for any particular myth from which all subsequent stories—pallid imitations—are "displacements," or does the myth take shape by slow accretion as variant story versions are told and retold over time? I incline toward the latter, but I don’t know.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The immense accretion of flesh which had descended on her in middle life like a flood of lava on a doomed city had changed her from a plump active little woman with a neatly-turned foot and ankle into something as vast and august as a natural phenomenon.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • By what process of logical accretion was this slight "personality," the mere slim shade of an intelligent but presumptuous girl, to find itself endowed with the high attributes of a Subject?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The house shows its centuries of accretion: a jade tower on the east courtyard catching the first light of dawn, a series of gables on the south wing throwing triangles of shadow on the crystal conservatory at teatime, the balconies and maze of exterior stairways along the east porticoes playing Escher games with afternoon’s shadows.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion

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  • …in contemporary methods or aptitude for learning them, but by the divine right to say to there’ conferred upon them by an absolute caste system; or because the generals of it never lived long enough to learn how to fight massed cautious accretionary battles, since they were already as obsolete as Richard or Roland or du Guesclin, who wore plumes and cloaks lined with scarlet at twenty-eight and thirty and thirty-two and captured warships with cavalry charges but no grain nor meat…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Learning Latin (once I was free of Caesar) fed my love for words upon words, words in continuation and modification, and the beautiful, sober, accretion of a sentence.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • By what process of logical accretion was this slight "personality," the mere slim shade of an intelligent but presumptuous girl, to find itself endowed with the high attributes of a Subject?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Like all the older children of Major Pentland she had, since her twentieth year, begun the slow accretion of land: from the savings of her small wage as teacher and book-agent, she had already purchased one or two pieces of earth.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • They are all represented heavily, but they indicate neither the earliest nor the most formidable accretion, for underlying them are many Dutch [Pg270] names, /e. g./, /Zeeman/ and /Zuurmond/, and over them are a large number of Slavic, Italian and Jewish names.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Through me many long dumb voices, Voices of the interminable generations of prisoners and slaves, Voices of the diseas’d and despairing and of thieves and dwarfs, Voices of cycles of preparation and accretion, And of the threads that connect the stars, and of wombs and of the father-stuff, And of the rights of them the others are down upon, Of the deform’d, trivial, flat, foolish, despised, Fog in the air, beetles rolling balls of dung.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • And I find indeed that this is the only account I can give myself of the evolution of the fable it is all under the head thus named that I conceive the needful accretion as having taken place, the right complications as having started.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • And I find indeed that this is the only account I can give myself of the evolution of the fable it is all under the head thus named that I conceive the needful accretion as having taken place, the right complications as having started.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Frequently there is a period between the cessation of youthful accretion and the setting in, in the case of the middle-aged man, of the tendency toward decay when the two processes are almost perfectly balanced and there is little doing in either direction.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • With the accretion of years, the hundreds of photographs—life as I found it, all unposed—constitute a record of that desolate period; but most of what I learned for myself came right at the time and directly out of the taking of the pictures.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
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