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sediment

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noun sed·i·ment \ˈse-də-mənt\

Simple Definition of sediment

  • : 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. 1 :  the matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid

  2. 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

Rhymes with sediment


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sediment

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verb sed·i·ment \-ˌment\

Definition of sediment

  • transitive verb
    1. :  to deposit as sediment

    2. intransitive verb
    3. 1 :  to settle to the bottom in a liquid

    4. 2 :  to deposit sediment



    Examples of sediment

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



    1859

    First Known Use of sediment

    1859



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