- 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: Fr sédiment from Classical Latin sedimentum from sedere, to sit
- sedimental adjective
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- 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: Latin sedimentum, act of settling, from sedēre, to sit, settle; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
sediment - Medical Definition
sediment - Science Definition
- Geology Solid fragmented material, such as silt, sand, gravel, chemical precipitates, and fossil fragments, that is transported and deposited by water, ice, or wind or that accumulates through chemical precipitation or secretion by organisms, and that forms layers on the Earth's surface. Sedimentary rocks consist of consolidated sediment.
- Particles of solid matter that settle out of a suspension to the bottom of the liquid.
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