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Word of the Day: debris

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: the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

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The word debris has appeared in 452 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 16 in “Russia Acknowledges Antisatellite Missile Test That Created a Mess in Space” by Andrew E. Kramer:

Russia’s military acknowledged on Tuesday that it had conducted a test of an antisatellite weapon that obliterated a target in orbit, sending a vast cloud of debris zipping around Earth and forcing astronauts on the International Space Station to seek shelter.

… The U.S. Space Command said the debris is likely to remain in orbit for years or even decades, adding to a vast array of space junk. A few days before the Russian test, the space station had to dodge debris from a 2007 Chinese weapons test.

Can you correctly use the word debris in a sentence?

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