sedimentary

adjective
sed·​i·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌse-də-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce sedimentary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē\

Definition of sedimentary

1 : of, relating to, or containing sediment sedimentary deposits
2 : formed by or from deposits of sediment sedimentary rock

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The exterior is largely composed of carrstone, a sedimentary sandstone conglomerate often used in and around Norfolk. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About St Mary Magdalene, the Church the Royal Family Visits on Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018 Forty percent of the area is home to volcanic and sedimentary rocks that formed over 3 billion years ago, according to UNESCO, and are still preserved today. Condé Nast Traveler, "The 19 Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites," 10 July 2018 Over the eons, the Medusae Fossae Formation steadily eroded as winds swept over the soft red sedimentary rock. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly All the Dust on Mars Comes From One Rock Formation," 26 July 2018 The organic molecules and volatiles, comparable to samples of sedimentary rock rich in organics on Earth, included thiopene, methylthiophenes methanethiol and dimethylsulfide. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA's Curiosity rover finds organic matter on Mars," 7 June 2018 Over time, the layers have folded upward, forming the ridge, and the topmost basalt layer is now sliding over the sedimentary layer beneath it. Kirk Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "In Washington state, a natural disaster unfolds in slow motion," 22 Jan. 2018 Over time, the layers have folded upward, forming the ridge, and the topmost basalt layer is now sliding over the sedimentary layer beneath it. Kirk Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "In Washington state, a natural disaster unfolds in slow motion," 22 Jan. 2018 Columbus could barely feel it through the sedimentary layers of pain. Karan Mahajan, The New Republic, "After the Strongman," 26 Mar. 2018 Over time, the layers have folded upward, forming the ridge, and the topmost basalt layer is now sliding over the sedimentary layer beneath it. Kirk Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "In Washington state, a natural disaster unfolds in slow motion," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sedimentary

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sedimentary

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English Language Learners Definition of sedimentary

technical : made from material that sinks to the bottom of a liquid : made from sediment

sedimentary

adjective
sed·​i·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌse-də-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce sedimentary (audio) \

Kids Definition of sedimentary

: relating to or formed from sediment Sandstone is a sedimentary rock.

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