sed·​i·​men·​ta·​tion ˌse-də-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce sedimentation (audio)
: the action or process of forming or depositing sediment : settling

Examples of sedimentation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, the study also revealed that resorts with poor management practices and more sedimentation and runoff can harm the reefs. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 The launch is also inaccessible to larger boats, due to sedimentation issues caused by lake currents. Journal Sentinel, 17 Apr. 2024 Though the country remains rich in biodiversity, Madagascar’s 927 square miles of coral reefs have been subject to coral bleaching, overfishing, and sedimentation from deforestation since the 1980s. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Apr. 2024 Breaks in sedimentation indicated the presence of vigorous deep-sea currents, while continuous sedimentation represented calmer conditions. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for sedimentation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sedimentation was in 1848

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“Sedimentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


sed·​i·​men·​ta·​tion ˌsed-ə-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce sedimentation (audio)
: the action or process of depositing sediment

Medical Definition


sed·​i·​men·​ta·​tion ˌsed-ə-(ˌ)men-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce sedimentation (audio)
: the action or process of depositing sediment
: the depositing especially by mechanical means of matter suspended in a liquid

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