Sediment meaning

sĕdə-mənt
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Solid fragments of inorganic or organic material that come from the weathering of rock and are carried and deposited by wind, water, or ice.
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Matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid.
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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.

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Material that settles to the bottom of a liquid; lees.
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Matter deposited by water or wind.
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To deposit material as a sediment.
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(intransitive) To be deposited as a sediment.
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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.
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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.

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Particles of solid matter that settle out of a suspension to the bottom of the liquid.
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Origin of sediment

  • Latin sedimentum act of settling from sedēre to sit, settle sed- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin sedimentum < sedeō.

    From Wiktionary