sediment

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noun

sed·​i·​ment ˈse-də-mənt How to pronounce sediment (audio)
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: the matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid
2
: material deposited by water, wind, or glaciers

sediment

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verb

sed·​i·​ment ˈse-də-ˌment How to pronounce sediment (audio)
sedimented; sedimenting; sediments

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

Noun There was a layer of sediment in the bottom of the tank. the sediment at the bottom of the river needs to be routinely dredged so that it doesn't interfere with barge traffic Verb the water flowing into the reservoir is sedimenting silt faster than was originally expected
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Noun
The county has also spent more than $1 billion since 2001 on removing sediment from reservoirs to ensure their water-catching capacity isn’t diminished. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2024 On top of that, the shallowness made excavations tricky because strong winds caused waves that stirred up the sediment on the bottom of the sea. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for sediment 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Latin sedimentum settling, from sedēre to sit, sink down

First Known Use

Noun

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1859, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of sediment was in 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Sediment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sediment. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

sediment

noun
sed·​i·​ment
ˈsed-ə-mənt
1
: the material from a liquid that settles to the bottom
2
: material (as stones and sand) deposited by water, wind, or glaciers
sediment
-ˌment
verb

Medical Definition

sediment

1 of 2 noun
sed·​i·​ment ˈsed-ə-mənt How to pronounce sediment (audio)
: the matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid

sediment

2 of 2 transitive verb
sed·​i·​ment -ˌment How to pronounce sediment (audio)
: 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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