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sediment

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noun sed·i·ment \ ˈse-də-mənt \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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 in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of sediment

Latin sedimentum settling, from sedēre to sit, sink down

sediment Synonyms


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sediment

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verb sed·i·ment \ ˈse-də-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 in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of sediment

1859

sediment Synonyms

Synonyms
lay, settle
Antonyms
raise
Related Words
filter, screen, sieve, sift, strain; clarify, clear; resettle
Near Antonyms
agitate, disturb, mix, stir

SEDIMENT Defined for English Language Learners

sediment

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Definition of sediment for English Language Learners

  • : material that sinks to the bottom of a liquid

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


SEDIMENT Defined for Kids

sediment

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noun sed·i·ment \ ˈse-də-mənt \

Definition of sediment for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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sediment

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noun sed·i·ment \ ˈsed-ə-mənt \

medical Definition of sediment

:the matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid

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sediment

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transitive verb sed·i·ment \ -ˌment \

medical Definition of sediment

:to deposit as sediment
  • the synaptosomes were sedimented by centrifugation
intransitive verb
1 :to settle to the bottom in a liquid
  • let the red blood cells sediment for 30 minutes
2 :to deposit sediment


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