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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

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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


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silt

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Definition of silt

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

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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.

First Known Use of silt

1799


SILT Defined for English Language Learners

silt

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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.

silt

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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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Definition of silt for Students

silted

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silting

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



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