An example of silt is what one may find at the bottom of a harbor that eventually will clog the waterway.
An example of to silt is to fill up the bottom of a slow moving river with sediment.
An old channel that silted up.
River sediments gradually silted the harbor.
Origin of silt
- Middle English probably of Scandinavian origin sal- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English cylte, cognate with Norwegian and Danish sylt (“salt marsh") and Old English sealt (“salt")