matter that has been deposited by some natural process
deposit as a sediment
settle as sediment
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.
To deposit material as a sediment
To be deposited as a sediment
Origin: From sedimentum < sedeo.
the matter which subsides to the bottom, frrom water or any other liquid; settlings; lees; dregs
the material of which sedimentary rocks are formed
Origin: [F. sdiment, L. sedimentum a settling, fr. sedere to sit, to settle. See Sit.]
Sediment is a naturally occurring material that is broken down by processes of weathering and erosion, and is subsequently transported by the action of wind, water, or ice, and/or by the force of gravity acting on the particle itself. Sediments are most often transported by water, wind and glaciers. Beach sands and river channel deposits are examples of fluvial transport and deposition, though sediment also often settles out of slow-moving or standing water in lakes and ocean dunes and loess are examples of aeolian transport and deposition. Glacial moraine deposits and till are ice-transported sediments.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sed′i-ment, n. what settles at the bottom of a liquid: dregs.—adj. Sedimen′tary, pertaining to, consisting of, or formed by sediment.—n. Sedimentā′tion. [L. sedimentum—sedēre, to sit.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'sediment' in Nouns Frequency: #2873
The numerical value of sediment in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of sediment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There is a potential for land reclamation through the displacement of the sediment the rivers carry.
They simply break into small bits as they weather out of the sediment before they are found. The preservation of ours is truly unusual, but a great deal of that may be due to the fact that we were able to locate them while they were still deep underground.
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- Sediment, SatzGerman
- sedimentigi, feĉoEsperanto
- sedimentti, sedimentoida, sedimentoituaFinnish
- sédimenter, sédimentFrench
- vindborin jarðvegsefni, syrja, botnlag, dreggjar, vatnborin jarðvegsefni, botnfall, setIcelandic
- deposito, sedimentoItalian
- отстой, осаждать, осадок, осаждаться, отложениеRussian
- талог, talogSerbo-Croatian
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