Definition of sedimentary
1 : of, relating to, or containing sediment sedimentary deposits
2 : formed by or from deposits of sediment sedimentary rock
Recent Examples of sedimentary from the Web
On top of the desk, a riot of materials, several sedimentary layers worth of research papers and tools.
Because there’s no naturally occurring asphalt at the La Brea station site, ancient mementos pulled from its sedimentary layers will eventually wind up at the Natural History Museum.
Bighorn Lake is a fisherman’s paradise as well as a watery highway that allows you to float through gorges in the shadow of 1,000-foot walls of sedimentary rock.
Dolomite — a sedimentary rock similar to limestone — gives these mountains their distinctive shape and color.
Sedimentary rocks composed of large grains would have formed near the shore of the lake in Gale Crater, while smaller particles travel further and contribute to rocks formed in deeper waters.
Includes study of igneous, sedimentary and ore samples.
The gray water sizzles; floating specks of sedimentary rock, calcium and chloride swirl around.
To be sure, the government’s geological data is not definitive -- the sedimentary basins don’t necessarily contain abundant oil, gas or coal.
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First Known Use of sedimentary
SEDIMENTARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sedimentary for English Language Learners
: made from material that sinks to the bottom of a liquid : made from sediment
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Definition of sedimentary for Students
: relating to or formed from sediment Sandstone is a sedimentary rock.
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