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1sediment

noun sed·i·ment \ˈse-də-mənt\

: material that sinks to the bottom of a liquid

: material (such as stones and sand) that is carried into water by water, wind, etc.

Full Definition of SEDIMENT

1
:  the matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid
2
:  material deposited by water, wind, or glaciers

Examples of SEDIMENT

  1. There was a layer of sediment in the bottom of the tank.
  2. <the sediment at the bottom of the river needs to be routinely dredged so that it doesn't interfere with barge traffic>

Origin of SEDIMENT

Latin sedimentum settling, from sedēre to sit, sink down
First Known Use: 1547

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with SEDIMENT

2sediment

verb sed·i·ment \-ˌment\

Definition of SEDIMENT

transitive verb
:  to deposit as sediment
intransitive verb
1
:  to settle to the bottom in a liquid
2
:  to deposit sediment

Examples of SEDIMENT

  1. <the water flowing into the reservoir is sedimenting silt faster than was originally expected>

First Known Use of SEDIMENT

1859

Related to SEDIMENT

Synonyms
lay, settle
Antonyms
raise

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale
SEDIMENT Defined for Kids

sediment

noun sed·i·ment \ˈse-də-mənt\

Definition of SEDIMENT for Kids

1
:  the material from a liquid that settles to the bottom
2
:  material (as stones and sand) carried onto land or into water by water, wind, or a glacier

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