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1silt

noun \ˈsilt\

: sand, soil, mud, etc., that is carried by flowing water and that sinks to the bottom of a river, pond, etc.

Full Definition of SILT

1
:  loose sedimentary material with rock particles usually 120 millimeter or less in diameter; also :  soil containing 80 percent or more of such silt and less than 12 percent of clay
2
:  a deposit of sediment (as by a river)
silty \ˈsil-tē\ adjective

Origin of SILT

Middle English cylte, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect sylt beach flooded at high tide; akin to Old High German sulza salt marsh, Old English sealt salt
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Geology Terms

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

Rhymes with SILT

2silt

verb

: to become blocked, filled, or covered with silt

: to block, fill, or cover (something) with silt

Full Definition of SILT

intransitive verb
:  to become choked or obstructed with silt —often used with up <the channel silted up>
transitive verb
:  to choke, fill, cover, or obstruct with silt or mud
sil·ta·tion \sil-ˈtā-shən\ noun

Examples of SILT

  1. The entrance to the creek had silted shut.

First Known Use of SILT

1799

Other Geology Terms

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

1silt

noun \ˈsilt\

Definition of SILT for Kids

1
:  particles of small size left as sediment from water
2
:  a soil made up mostly of silt and containing little clay

2silt

verb
silt·edsilt·ing

Definition of SILT for Kids

:  to fill, cover, or block with silt

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