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in·​ter·​bed ˌin-tər-ˈbed How to pronounce interbed (audio)
interbedded; interbedding

intransitive verb

: to lie or settle in sedimentary layers between other existing layers
… consists of … sandstones of variable thickness that interbed with grey and greenish shales.D. J. W. Piper
interbedded adjective
The factory crushed shale extracted from the site, discarded the interbedded limestone, and baked the clay into bricks. Patrick L. Hamilton


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plural interbeds
: a typically thin layer of one kind of sedimentary material located between layers of another kind
… it ranges from boulder gravel to pebble gravel, with local interbeds of sand …R. B. Morrison

Word History

First Known Use


1858, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interbed was in 1858

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Cite this Entry

“Interbed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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