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silt

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noun \ˈsilt\

Definition of silt

  1. 1 :  loose sedimentary material with rock particles usually 120 millimeter or less in diameter; also :  soil containing 80 percent or more of such silt and less than 12 percent of clay

  2. 2 :  a deposit of sediment (as by a river)

silty

play \ˈsil-tē\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of silt

Middle English cylte, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect sylt beach flooded at high tide; akin to Old High German sulza salt marsh, Old English sealt salt


First Known Use: 15th century


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silt

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Definition of silt

  • intransitive verb
    1. :  to become choked or obstructed with silt —often used with up <the channel silted up>

    2. transitive verb
    3. :  to choke, fill, cover, or obstruct with silt or mud

    siltation

    play \sil-ˈtā-shən\ noun

    Examples of silt in a sentence

    1. The entrance to the creek had silted shut.

    1799

    First Known Use of silt

    1799


    SILT Defined for English Language Learners

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    silt

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    noun \ˈsilt\

    Definition of silt for English Language Learners

    • : sand, soil, mud, etc., that is carried by flowing water and that sinks to the bottom of a river, pond, etc.


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    silt

    verb

    Definition of silt for English Language Learners

    • : to become blocked, filled, or covered with silt

    • : to block, fill, or cover (something) with silt


    SILT Defined for Kids

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    silt

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    noun \ˈsilt\

    Definition of silt for Students

    1. 1 :  particles of small size left as sediment from water

    2. 2 :  a soil made up mostly of silt and containing little clay


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    silt

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    verb

    Definition of silt for Students

    silted

    silting

    1. :  to fill, cover, or block with silt


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