tur·​bi·​dite | \ ˈtər-bə-ˌdīt How to pronounce turbidite (audio) \

Definition of turbidite

: a sedimentary deposit consisting of material that has moved down the steep slope at the edge of a continental shelf also : a rock formed from this deposit

Examples of turbidite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Nowadays, the bigger the storm, the bigger the grain size of the resultant turbidite. The Economist, "PalaeoclimatologyTraces of old hurricanes show how hard climate science is," 19 Oct. 2017 Thus, Dr Toomey argues, these particular turbidites must have been formed, as similar deposits are today, by hurricanes. The Economist, "PalaeoclimatologyTraces of old hurricanes show how hard climate science is," 19 Oct. 2017 Dr Toomey looked in the cores for layers of turbidite, a rock that forms when sediment gets disturbed, flows down marine slopes and is deposited as a jumbled mess on the ocean floor. The Economist, "PalaeoclimatologyTraces of old hurricanes show how hard climate science is," 19 Oct. 2017 Check out these strikingly rhythmic turbidite beds. Brian Romans, WIRED, "Friday Field Foto #28: Thin-bedded turbidites," 30 Aug. 2007

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'turbidite.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of turbidite

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turbidite

turbidity current (a current flowing down a slope and spreading out on the ocean floor) + -ite entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about turbidite

Statistics for turbidite

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for turbidite

The first known use of turbidite was in 1957

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on turbidite

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about turbidite

Comments on turbidite

What made you want to look up turbidite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


showing courage and determination

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!