- Silt is a material of the earth made up of particles that are somewhere in between the sizes of sand and clay, often found at the bottom of rivers and bays.
An example of silt is what one may find at the bottom of a harbor that eventually will clog the waterway.
- Silt is defined as to fill something up with particles of the earth that are somewhere in between sand and clay in size.
An example of to silt is to fill up the bottom of a slow moving river with sediment.
- sediment suspended in stagnant water or carried by moving water, that often accumulates on the bottom of rivers, bays, etc., esp. such sediment with particles smaller than sand and larger than clay
- soil composed of 80 percent or more silt and less than 12 percent clay
Origin of siltMiddle English cylte, probably from Scand, as in Norwegian and Danish dialect, dialectal sylt, salt marsh, akin to Old High German sulza, brine: for Indo-European base see salt
verbsilt·ed, silt·ing, silts
Origin of siltMiddle English sylt probably of Scandinavian origin ; see sal- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural silts)
(third-person singular simple present silts, present participle silting, simple past and past participle silted)
From Middle English cylte, cognate with Norwegian and Danish sylt (“salt marsh") and Old English sealt (“salt")