- Sediment is dirt or other matter that settles to the bottom in a liquid.
All the little dirt particles that sink to the bottom of a pond are an example of sediment.
- matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid
- Geol. matter deposited by water or wind
Origin of sedimentFrench sédiment ; from Classical Latin sedimentum ; from sedere, to sit
- Material that settles to the bottom of a liquid; lees.
- Solid fragments of inorganic or organic material that come from the weathering of rock and are carried and deposited by wind, water, or ice.
Origin of sedimentLatin sedimentum, act of settling, from sedēre, to sit, settle; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
- A collection of small particles, particularly dirt, that precipitates from a river or other body of water.
- The Nile delta is composed of sediment that was washed down and deposited at the mouth of the river.
(third-person singular simple present sediments, present participle sedimenting, simple past and past participle sedimented)
- To deposit material as a sediment.
- (intransitive) To be deposited as a sediment.
- end times
From Latin sedimentum < sedeō.