Sludge is a substance that is between solid and liquid form.noun
- An example of sludge is a mass of mud formed in a river bed after a flood.
- An example of sludge is the treated material from a sewage plant.
- mud, mire, or ooze covering the ground or forming a deposit at the bottom of bodies of water
- spongy lumps of drift ice
- any heavy, slimy deposit, sediment, or mass, as the waste resulting from oil refining, the mud brought up by a mining drill, the precipitate in a sewage tank, the sediment in a steam boiler or crankcase, etc.
Origin: var. of slutch, sludge, mud: akin to ME sluchched, muddy, prob. ult. < IE base *(s)leu-, to hang limply > sleet, MHG slote, mud, ooze
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- Semisolid material such as the type precipitated by sewage treatment.
- Mud, mire, or ooze covering the ground or forming a deposit, as on a riverbed.
- Finely broken or half-formed ice on a body of water, especially the sea.
- An agglutination or aggregation of blood cells forming a semisolid mass that often impedes circulation.
Origin: Perhaps alteration of dialectal slutch, mire.
- sludgˈy adjective